A crash on Interstate 5 west of Cantua Creek involving at least three big rigs left one truck driver dead Wednesday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.
The crash was reported about 10:45 a.m. when the driver of a 2013 Freightliner, Peter Dennis Alameda of Sacramento, stopped on I-5 north of Arroyo Hondo due to a previous collision.
Another Freightliner, driven by Antonio Lopez of Bakersfield, managed to stop before hitting the first tractor trailer. But a third Freightliner that was following failed to stop in time and collided with Lopez's big rig, which hit Alameda's truck.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The name of the driver who was killed has not been released, pending notification of the man's family. Alameda and Lopez were not injured.
One of the big rigs involved in the crash spilled half a load of gypsum, a non-hazardous fertilizer, said Jess Cantu, a traffic management operator with Caltrans.
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