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Big rig driver struck, killed while fixing flat tire
LENWOOD • A big rig driver was struck and killed while attending to a flat tire about one-mile south of the Tanger Outlet Center along northbound Interstate 15 early Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner.
The 66-year-old man of Los Angeles, pulled over to the right shoulder of the interstate and was on the front left side of the vehicle, when the driver of an oncoming big rig rear-ended the vehicle and also struck the man, according to the release.
The Barstow Communication Center received the call at around 12:05 a.m. and California Highway Patrol, Barstow Fire Department and Desert Ambulance officials responded to the scene, according to a CHP news release.
Due to injuries sustained in the collision, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the second semi-truck, a 41-year-old male from Chicago allowed his big rig to drift into the right shoulder for unknown reasons, according to the release. Although, information from the coroner’s website said the man who was killed had not pulled his vehicle completely off the freeway.
Alcohol was not believed to be involved and the CHP are investigating the collision.
At 10:30 a.m. a crew from ARC Towing in Barstow were still working to remove the second semi-truck and at 11 a.m. they began to tow the vehicle away.
The name of the deceased man will be released upon notification of next of kin.