“Drunk” Motorist Arrested After Fiery Crash Kills Truck Driver
Garden Grove, California – A truck driver hauling mail for the United States Postal Service (USPS) lost his life early Sunday morning along State Route 22 in Garden Grove after striking a disabled passenger vehicle in the roadway.
According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), the deadly collision occurred at approximately 4 a.m. after the driver of a Honda sedan lost control while traveling in the eastbound lanes near Valley View and Golden West streets.
The 26-year-old driver from Irvine, who CHP later arrested on suspicion of DUI, spun out and came to rest in the number 3 lane facing the opposite direction.
According to investigators, he then exited his vehicle and was standing along the right shoulder, when a short time later, a USPS tractor-trailer traveling eastbound swerved but was unable to avoid colliding with the Honda.
The impact of the collision sent the big rig slamming into the center divider and eventually overturned and burst into flames, according to officials.
The truck driver, whose identity has not yet been released, was ejected and died on the scene.
Four fire engines were dispatched to the scene where firefighters battled the blaze as diesel fuel burned for approximately 15 minutes.
Images from the scene reveal the mangled wreckage and packages of mail strewn across the roadway.
Lanes were shut down in both directions according to Caltrans.
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“Again, it’s just another reminder to everyone in the motoring public that you want to make sure you are not impaired when you are operating a motor vehicle,” Ofc. Duane Graham of CHP said. “It endangers everyone on the roadway including themselves.”
A spokesperson for the USPS confirmed inspectors were at the site Sunday morning.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments.
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