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Redding CHP: 1 man dead after big-rig crashes and catches fire

CHP says the big-rig collided with the embankment and caught fire.

Posted: Jul 5, 2020 9:46 AM
Updated: Jul 5, 2020 9:51 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Redding's California Highway Patrol says one man is dead after his big-rig veered off the road and caught fire.

Officials say it happened at about 2:30 p.m. on July 4, when the man was driving south on Interstate 5, north of Redding.

About a mile south of McCardle Flat Road, witnesses say the truck gradually veered to the right where it collided with the embankment and caught fire.

The identity of the man, who officials say was found dead in the driver's seat, is being withheld, pending notification of the next-of-kin.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing into finding out what happened. Officials say it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor, but they do know no other cars or trucks were involved.

Officials say the grass in the area also caught fire but the U.S. Forest Service was able to contain it at two acres.

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