A trucker was killed Thursday and a man riding with him was injured when a big rig crashed and overturned on a winding rural road a few miles southwest of Palomar Mountain State Park.
The driver of the Peterbilt flatbed tractor-trailer lost control due to excessive speed while heading west on state Route 76 in Pauma Valley shortly after 8 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The vehicle, which was hauling bags of landscaping mulch, toppled over and slid into a roadside ditch near Rincon Ranch Road, leaving the trucker and his passenger, both from Indio, trapped inside.
The 54-year-old driver died at the scene of the accident. His name was withheld pending family notification.
One way traffic control on Hwy 76 between Rincon Ranch Rd and Valley Center Rd. A CHP officer tells me this big rig overturned, killing one person and leaving another in the hospital. It’s unclear which is the driver/passenger. I’ll have more on @10News Midday. pic.twitter.com/0eqKWO9l8R
— Mimi Elkalla (@10NewsMimi) March 14, 2019
Emergency crews freed the 55-year-old passenger from the wreckage and airlifted him to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for treatment of minor injuries, said CHP public-affairs Officer Kevin Smale.
The accident forced lane closures in the area into the midafternoon, Smale said.
Updated at 5:45 p.m. March 14, 2019
— City News Service
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