A red Corvette and a tractor-trailer collided and burst into flames on State Route 76 in Pala Thursday, leaving one person dead and the sports car barely recognizable.
The 1991 Chevrolet Corvette and the tractor-trailer were traveling in opposite directions on SR-76 near Lilac Road when for unknown reasons the sports car drifted across the roadway's double yellow lines and collided head-on with the truck at about 4:40 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Smale said.
The tractor-trailer immediately burst into flames.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as 52-year-old Sun City resident Jose Solorio, was able to escape on his own and did not sustain any injuries, CHP said.
I’m on the scene of a fatal crash along the 76 near Lilac Rd. Here’s what we know so far: pic.twitter.com/5br55OxYAS— Alex Presha (@Alex_Presha) January 6, 2018
The driver of the sports car died at the scene.
Officer Smale said it was not yet clear if speed was a factor.
SR-76 was shut down in both directions shortly after the crash. As of 8:30 p.m., all lanes were still closed and would remain closed indefinitely as officers investigate.
All eastbound SR-76 traffic was being diverted at Pala Mission Road and westbound SR-76 traffic is being turned around at Pauma Reservation Road.
No other information was available.
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