A man who died when his 2001 Chevy box van hit a parked truck in Visalia and caught fire has been identified as Christopher Paul Nelson, 58, of Exeter.
The accident happened about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday on Caldwell Avenue west of Akers Street.
The box van was headed west and failed to merge from two lanes to one lane, plowing head-on into a Southern California Edison utility truck that was unoccupied. Both vehicles caught fire.
It’s unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor, and the investigation is continuing, police said. No other injuries were reported.