Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Truck driver is killed after his big rig rear-ends a motor home

KINGSBURG CA -- A crash Sunday night left a truck driver dead and led to the temporary shutdown of Highway 99 in both directions Sunday night.

Both the 1985 motor home, which was towing a boat and trailer, and the 1999 Freightliner semi-truck were heading north on Highway 99 when the truck hit the motor home from behind.

It is unknown why the truck rear-ended the motor home, which was traveling about 50 mph.

The force of the crash caused the motor home, driven by 48-year-old Theodore Bard of Palmdale, CA, to overturn and partially block the northbound lanes.

The big rig swerved off the highway and through a fence, then crashed into two power poles. Then flipped on its side and continued to skid across the parking lot of a gas station, striking two other big rigs.

The truck driver died en route to a Fresno hospital.
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