VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 30-year-old Long Beach man was killed on the I-15 freeway in Victorville after his SUV was rear-ended by a semi that caused him to slam into the back of another semi.
Just before midnight on Thursday, October 17, 2019, dispatch received calls of a traffic collision involving a vehicle into the back of a semi on the southbound I-15, south of Dale Evans Parkway.
Firefighters responding to the incident were informed the vehicle was on fire with the driver possibly trapped inside, scanner traffic reported.
According to a CHP news release, the preliminary investigation revealed the accident occurred when a 30-year-old Adelanto man who was driving a 2020 Freightliner with a trailer collided into the back of a 1999 Toyota 4Runner. Officials said the 30-year-old man was traveling at 55mph in the no. 3 lane when he failed to slow down for stop and go traffic that was moving at 5mph. The force of the collision caused the SUV to push into another tractor-trailer that was in front of it.
The driver of the SUV, a 30-year old male from Long Beach, CA was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The incident prompted officials to temporarily shut down all lanes of the southbound I-15 prompting a Sigalert to be issued for several hours.
One lane was reopened allowing motorists to travel south. Officials said the incident was expected to be cleared-up by 10:00 am.
This investigation will be handled to its conclusion by the CHP Victorville Area. Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding this traffic collision is encouraged to contact the CHP Victorville Area office at (760) 241-1186.