A 30-year-old Salida man was killed early Wednesday after the truck he was driving overturned on Highway 99 near Briggsmore Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, was traveling north on the highway near the Carpenter Road overpass at 4:31 a.m. when for an unknown reason he veered onto the east shoulder of the road, said CHP Officer Eric Parsons.
In an attempt to get back on the highway, the man overcorrected and went across all the lanes before crashing into the center median. His car overturned once and came to rest in the center divide on its wheels. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither alcohol nor drugs is suspected, although it’s early in the investigation. It’s not known if speed played a factor and, according to Parsons, it had not started to rain at that point. No other vehicles were involved.
Traffic was slow through the area, but the CHP was able to clear everything within a few hours.
Parsons reported that there were several minor crashes Wednesday morning because of the slick conditions. He reminded drivers to slow down and allow a little more time to get to their destinations.