Trucker Under Investigation After Motorist Dies In Collision With Big Rig Parked On Shoulder
San Marcos, California – An investigation into a fatal collision continues after a motorist died when the vehicle he was driving struck a big rig parked on the shoulder of State Route 78 in the early morning hours on Wednesday.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) the driver of a Honda CRV, whose identity has not yet been released, struck the back of a tractor-trailer at approximately 1 a.m. on Wednesday along SR-78 just west of Twin Oaks Valley Road. The driver of the CRV was pronounced dead on the scene.
Authorities expressed concern that the tractor-trailer was parked along the shoulder. “The median shoulder is very narrow so there is not much room for that big rig to be stopped in the median,” CHP Sgt. Curtis Martin said.
CHP said the big rig did not have hazard lights engaged at the time of the crash. However, witnesses report the big rig possibly crashed into the center divide as a result of a blown tire in the moments leading up to the deadly accident.
CHP is investigating whether the big rig driver had any fault in the deadly crash. Authorities confirmed the truck driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash and did not suffer any injuries.
Emergency response crews and investigators were on scene for 5 hours. CHP shut down all lanes at about 1:15 a.m. for about an hour to clear the roadway.
Their investigation is ongoing.
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