Wrong-Way Driver Killed in Head-On Crash Along State Route 163

Witnesses say the driver of an SUV was traveling north in the southbound lanes

A man was killed in a head-on collision along State Route 163 near State Route 52 early Friday.

Witnesses say the driver of a silver 2004 Nissan Xterra was traveling north in the southbound lanes.

A semi driver told California Highway Patrol officers he tried to avoid the SUV. The maneuver caused his truck to overturn, officials said.

The man behind the wheel of the SUV, described as 21 years old by officials, died at the scene.

The truck driver was taken to a nearby hospital. Officials did not release information on the injuries he suffered.

CHP investigators will work with the medical examiner’s office to try and determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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