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Driver Killed When Trucks Collide on I-5

An entire shipment of produce spilled along I-5, causing hours of cleanup

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    As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 in the North County had reopened. Ten hours earlier, two semi-trucks collided, killing one driver and scattering produce across the freeway. NBC 7’s Greg Bledsoe has exclusive cell phone video from moments after the crash. (Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014)

    A man was trapped and killed in a burning big rig after it slammed into another truck traveling along northbound Interstate 5 early Tuesday.

    CHP officers and Caltrans crews worked for hours to clear the debris and get all lanes of the highway reopened to traffic.

    When two trucks collided near La Costa Avenue just before 1 a.m., the cab of one truck exploded into flames, killing the driver.

    The man's big rig was overturned on its side and his entire shipment of produce spilled on several lanes of the interstate.

    CHP officers say the driver’s body and the cab of the truck were burned beyond recognition.

    The surviving driver was identified by CHP as a 33-year-old man from Tijuana who was delivering a shipment of produce to Los Angeles. He was not injured in the crash.

    Traffic was diverted off I-5 at Leucadia while work crews attempt to clean up the spilled shipment and the wreckage.

    After 1 p.m., all lanes of the interstate were reopened to traffic.

    CHP said the cause of the crash was under investigation.