Fatal fiery crash claims drowsy driver

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Article Date: 3/5/2010 | Resource: MLG

Fatal fiery crash claims drowsy driver

One person has died in a blazing SUV that crashed into the back of a big rig along Interstate 15 in Fontana, according to San Bernardino County Fire Department officials.

The death was confirmed at 6:49 a.m., about 12 minutes after the crash was reported along the freeway’s southbound lanes at the Duncan Canyon Road overpass.

Southbound traffic was backed up about two miles to Sierra Way. Emergency vehicles were forced to use the freeway’s right shoulder in order to bypass the traffic jam.

Falling asleep behind the wheel is the suspected cause of the fiery fatal crash, according to California Highway Patrol investigators.

“The initial report is: He possibly fell asleep, drifted onto the shoulder and rear-ended a big rig,” said CHP Officer Jeff Briggs. “The vehicle subsequently caught fire and burned.”

The resulting SigAlert was canceled at 7:51 a.m. The victim’s name is not available.

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Jeffrey Marquart