A Sun Valley man was killed shortly after midnight Thursday after a big rig crashed into a Lincoln Towncar on Interstate 5, north of the Santa Clarita Valley.
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A sedan driven by Davonte T. Carr, 25, of San Jose, made an abrupt lane change at approximately 65 miles per hour, nearly colliding with the driver of a big rig, according to preliminary reports from the California Highway Patrol.
In response, the big rig driver reportedly took evasive action to avoid a collision, resulting in his truck jack-knifing and ending up on its side.
The big rig became engulfed in flames, killing the driver who was not identified by CHP officials who are trying to make next of kin identification.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said the body was badly burned, and identification could take weeks. X-rays or dental records would likely be necessary.
L.A. County Fire Department responded to the scene, extinguishing a spot fire, as well as the truck.
A CalTrans HazMat team also responded, and officials worked for several hours to clean up about 50 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto the roadway and into a nearby storm drain.
Ocean Blue Environmental Services officials also responded for the clean-up effort.
One lane remained open during the incident response, but traffic did not fully resume on that stretch of Interstate 5 until around noon Thursday.
Carr was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
No arrested were made in connection with the crash, and the exact cause of the crash is under investigation by CHP officials.
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Source: Santa Clarita News