The trucker who died Thursday when his rig overturned on Interstate 5 near Lake Pyramid has been identified as Frank Arias, 40, of Santa Paula.
A spokesman for the county coroner’s office was not aware whether he was independent or driving for a produce or trucking company.
Arias was hauling lemons and limes up the freeway Thursday at 2:50 p.m. when his left front tire blew out.
According to the California Highway Patrol, his 1973 Peterbilt tractor-trailer had just passed the Vista Del Lago turnoff when the blowout occurred.
Arias lost control of the vehicle. The double tractor-trailer combination – a cab with two trailers – veered into the center divider, collided with the metal guardrail and overturned, the CHP report states.
Arias was ejected and landed on the guardrail. His rig pinned him to the guardrail, killing him instantly.
The cab remained on the northbound side of the freeway, blocking three lanes. The trailers landed in opposing lanes, blocking all southbound lanes for several hours. Traffic was detoured onto the right shoulder.
A skip loader was called in to haul away numerous citrus crates that littered the freeway.
All northbound lanes reopened at 6:30 p.m. Southbound lanes opened as they were cleared, with all lanes open by 10 p.m.
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