WESTLEY -- Southbound Interstate 5 was closed Wednesday near Westley after a fiery crash late Tuesday killed a truck driver and sent two people running for safety, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash occurred about 11:20 p.m. and drivers were detoured around the site until 8:45 a.m. while officers investigated the accident and crews cleared the debris.
CHP officer Tom Killian said a 2003 Freightliner had mechanical problems and the driver parked on the shoulder, partially blocking the interstate for about 40 minutes. Another trucker had pulled over and both drivers were in the cab of the disabled truck when a 1995 Freightliner driven by a 50-year-old Sacramento man hit the back of the stopped rig and tore the trailer in half. It then crashed into the other parked truck.
All three trucks caught on fire, according to the CHP.
The two people inside the parked cab were able to escape but the Sacramento man died from the impact or the fire that engulfed his cab, Killian said.
The name of the dead man was not released because his family hadn't been notified, Killian said.
The driver of the parked big rig was identified as Li Ci Li, 48, of Oakland and the man in the truck with him was Andy Quach, 35, of San Leandro.
Killian said investigators were looking at whether Li's rig had its lights on. Investigators found signs that reflective triangles had been put out to warn drivers of the stopped truck.