Fiery Crash Involving Two Tractor-Trailers Kills Trucker and Good Samaritan
Barstow, CA – A trucker and a good Samaritan perished early Sunday morning in a fiery crash involving two tractor-trailers along I-15 near Barstow.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) says the deadly scene unfolded at approximately 4:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the 15 Freeway, south of Hodge Road.
For reasons yet known, a big rig traveling southbound drifted off of the right side of the road and then veered back left.
The driver lost control and the rig overturned onto its side and came to rest partially blocking the No. 3 lane of southbound traffic, CHP says.
A man operating a Mazda passenger vehicle came upon the accident and stopped his vehicle along the side of the roadway.
As he attempted to render aid to the driver of the crashed tractor-trailer, a second big rig pulling doubles came upon the scene.
The driver of the second rig was unable to avoid colliding with the disabled tractor-trailer causing both rigs to burst into flames, investigators say.
CHP says a trucker and the good Samaritan both perished in the crash.
Their identities have not yet been released.
The other trucker involved, described as a 52-year-old Tennessee man, was hospitalized in unknown condition.
The incident prompted authorities to shut down all lanes of southbound I-15 for several hours as crews worked to extinguish the fire.
Images released by the San Bernardino County Fire Department show the semis engulfed in flames and badly charred.
CHP says its investigation is ongoing at this time.
Photos courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire Dept.