The driver of a big rig truck who died in a fiery crash on Highway 99 was identified as Alejandro Sierra, 42, of Fresno, the Tulare County Coroner's Office said Wednesday.
The accident happened about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 99 in Goshen.
For unknown reasons, a white 2009 Kenworth truck being driven south by Sierra first drifted off the road to the right, then veered across the highway and onto the dirt center median and over a concrete barrier, the California Highway Patrol said.
The tractor-trailer rig hit a red 2008 Kenworth being driven about by Agustin Sarellano Jr., 29, of Indio. The truck was traveling about 55 mph, the CHP said.
Both trucks overturned and caught fire, blocking the northbound lanes for several hours.
The white Kenworth was hauling an empty shipping container that fell off the trailer. A 2009 Honda being driven north by Wally Xu, 25, of Visalia, hit the shipping container.
Both drivers survived and were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment of minor to moderate injuries, the CHP said.
The accident closed the highway for more than eight hours. It's unknown if alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident.
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