A 19-year-old Turlock man was killed Tuesday in Hughson when his flatbed truck drifted across Geer Road and collided with an oncoming big rig, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Stanislaus County coroner's office identified the man as Kyle Plegge. An autopsy will be performed today.
The accident happened about 9:50 a.m. on Geer just south of East Hatch Road, said CHP officer Tom Killian.
A witness reported seeing Plegge's white 2001 Ford drift from the northbound lane into the southbound lane, Killian said. Plegge drifted as he leaned to his right as though reaching for something, the witness told the CHP.
The 19-year-old was thrown from the truck, Killian said. It did not appear he was wearing a safety belt.
Plegge was taken to Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Killian said.
The driver of the 2003 Freightliner, identified as 46-year-old Marlon Lee Burgess of Turlock, was not injured. Traffic was diverted for about three hours while crews cleared the vehicles. The road reopened about 1 p.m.