Lake Elsinore man lying on I-40 dies after being run over by semi

LUDLOW, Calif. ( A man died early Monday morning after he was run over by a semi on Interstate 40 in Ludlow.

It happened at 1:08 a.m., on October 16, on the westbound I-40 when the driver of a tractor-trailer observed an adult male lying on the roadway, face up, within the no. 1 and 2 lanes, stated a CHP news release.

“The driver swerved to the right, in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid colliding with the male lying in the roadway,” officials said.

After the collision, the driver immediately pulled to the right shoulder and stopped. He walked back towards the collision scene to pull the male from the roadway, however, he was unable to do so.

Additionally, a Volkswagen sedan was parked on the right shoulder, approximately 1/8 of a mile east of the collision scene. The Volkswagen had minor collision damage including scratches and a flat tire; consistent with running off the roadway.

“These two collisions are separate incidents and it is unknown why the male party was lying in the roadway,” officials said.

The 73-year-old man from Lake Elsinore has not been identified his identity is pending notification of next of kin.

Drugs and/or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision. The Barstow California Highway Patrol office is investigating the incident.

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