Friday, July 14, 2017

Big rig driver killed on Hwy 49

 UPDATE:  CHP has released the name of the driver killed last night on Hwy 49.  He was Michael D Clark (42) of Sacramento.

 Per CHP on July 13, 2017 around 8:30 PM a
42 year old man of Sacramento, as yet unidentified, was driving a combination commercial vehicle consisting of a truck tractor and two trailers, hauling asphalt from Carson Hill Rock Products
in Angels Camp to a highway paving project on Hwy 88 in Amador County.

   He was traveling northbound on Hwy 49 north of Mokelumne Hill, descending a grade towards the North Fork Mokelumne River Bridge.

   The driver reached a speed of over 40 MPH, which was too fast for the truck he was driving on the steep, curved roadway He lost control of the truck, which ran up an embankment along the east roadway edge.

   As the truck  tractor and one trailer started to overturn back onto the roadway, the driver came out of the cab and was struck by the trailer as it overturned onto its left side, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

   Hwy 49 had to be closed from Mokelumne Hill to Amador County for 5 1/2 hours  while the collision was investigated and asphalt removed from the roadway.

   The name of the deceased will be released after next of kin are notified.  Alcohol and or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision.

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