One Killed in Fiery High-Speed Crash on Highway 108 near Knights Ferry [OAKDALE, CA]
Speeding Driver Dies in Fiery Crash on Highway 108
OAKDALE, CA (July 31, 2020) – One person died following a fiery high-speed crash Friday morning in Oakdale, CHP officials said.
The crash happened just after 10:40 a.m. on Highway 108 east of Knights Ferry.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling at a high rate of speed and tried to pass a 2019 Freightliner Cascadia big rig hauling a trailer.
The right side of the SUV contacted the big rig and lost control. The SUV then went in front of the big rig and a second impact occurred. On the second impact, both vehicles caught fire and came to a stop.
The driver of the SUV suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. Authorities only identified him as a 21-year-old Fresno man.
The big rig driver, Robert Ellis of Redding, was able to escape uninjured.
Fire spread to grass and shrubs on the side of the road. Firefighters contained the fire to less than one acre.
Crews shut down the eastbound lanes of Highway 108 for about an hour until one of the lanes was opened for traffic.
Alcohol and drugs were not suspected factors. An investigation is ongoing.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
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