Credit: CBS Los Angeles
GARDEN GROVE, CA (June 8, 2019) – A USPS worker driving a big rig on the 22 freeway was killed after colliding into a Honda that crashed and was blocking the slow lane.
The fatal 4 a.m. crash happened just east of Valley View Street, in the eastbound lanes. The driver of the Honda initially veered off the road, hit a sign and the guard rail, and spun out. He was facing the wrong direction, and managed to flee his car before the big rig struck the front of his car. The big rig could not stop in time to avoid the collision.
The big rig then crashed into the center divider, turned onto its side and caught fire. The driver of the big, a USPS worker, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda, a 26 year old Irvine man, was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.
Both directions of the 22 were closed for hours. A hazmat crew was called to clean up a fuel spill from the big rig. Packages and other mail were strewn across lanes. The westbound lanes were reopened by 11:30 a.m., while the eastbound lanes were reopened after 4:30 p.m.
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