The driver of a big rig died after veering off a Highway 99 overpass near Selma Tuesday morning and crashing onto the roadway below.
A 2010 Freightliner carrying orange juice was traveling north on Highway 99, south of Highland Avenue, around 6:20 a.m. when the driver veered to the right for unknown reasons, struck a guardrail and went off the overpass, said Axel Reyes, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
The truck, which was registered to a Bakersfield company, landed on Highland and caught fire with the driver inside, Reyes said. No other vehicles were involved. The area was closed for about six hours for clean up fuel and oil from the truck. Caltrans was also out making repairs to guardrails.