The driver of a big rig lost control while heading north bound on Interstate 5 in Stockton, nearly crashing into a KFC restaurant on Hammer Lane.
A CHP spokesman says a front tire of the truck was punctured and the truck struck the concrete rail along the freeway several times before careening down the embankment of the elevated freeway. It crossed the freeway off ramp, throwing the driver out of the cab. He was apparently run over by the trailers he was pulling.
Unique Jones was working the drive through window of the KFC.
“All I could do was scream. I went to help the driver, he was still breathing, gasping for air. I held his hand and I asked someone to call 911,” she said.
By the time emergency crews arrived, the driver was dead. The truck was from Macarini Vinyards of Lodi.
The CHP says the driver would probably be alive if he was wearing seat belts, but the truck was not equipped with them.
That’s a clear violation of safety regulations, the CHP said.