Southbound Interstate 5 has reopened through the Westly area after a fiery crash last night that claimed the life of a truck driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Motorists were detoured around the site until 8:45 a.m. while officers investigated the accident and crews cleared debris.
The accident happened about 10:40 last night, CHP officer Tom Killian said. He said a 2003 Freightliner having mechanical problems was parked on the shoulder, partially blocking the interstate. The driver and another truck driver were trying to work on the problem when a 1995 Freightliner driven by a 50-year-old Sacramento man collided with the back of the stopped rig and tore the trailer in half.
Both cabs burst into flames, said investigating officer Kris Glenn.
Two people inside the parked cab were able to escape but the 50-year-old Sacramento man died either from the impact or the fire that engulfed his truck, Killian said. The man’s name was not released pending family notification.
The driver of the parked big rig was identified as 49-year-old Li Ci Li of Oakland. Killian said investigators were looking at whether her rig had its lights on; investigators found signs that reflective triangles had been put out to signal the stopped truck.