NEWBERRY SPRINGS, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 47-year-old Miami, Florida man was killed Saturday afternoon in a semi crash along Interstate 40, officials said.
The crash involving a Volvo tractor-trailer combination happened on February 17, 2018, at 1:52 p.m., near Newberry Springs., approximately 15 miles easy of Barstow.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the semi was traveling eastbound on the I-40, east of Hidden Springs Road and for reasons still unknown, the Volvo’s left side tires crossed the asphalt left shoulder and entered the dirt center median.
“Upon entering the dirt center median, the driver steered the Volvo to the right, which caused the Volvo to overturn onto its left side. After overturning, the Volvo came to rest on its left side, blocking all eastbound lanes,” officials said.
As a result of this collision, the driver (and sole occupant) of the Volvo sustained fatal injuries. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.
CHP incident logs shoed one lane of the I40 had reopened by 5:22 p.m. “The vehicle leaked fluids onto the dirt, which initiated a hazmat cleanup and public health notification,” stated officer N. Bjork.
Alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be a contributing factor in this collision. This collision is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Barstow Area. Anyone with information is urged to call 760-255-5900.