Around 5:23 a.m. authorities received a call regarding a collision involving a wrong-way driver.
Sergeant Matthew Burgess with the CHP says a Nissan pickup truck entered I-5 south from J Street going the wrong way when Brian John Anderson, 58, driving a big rig in the number two lane, spotted the headlights.
Anderson, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, tried to brake then swerve to avoid the pickup but was unable to avoid the collision. Both vehicles went up in flames instantly upon impact.
The big rig driver was able to exit the truck cab but the Nissan driver died inside the car.
CHP has not identified the driver. They could also not identify the make or model of the Nissan because of the extent of the damage.
All traffic on I-5 south was redirected through Garden Highway and Richards Boulevard due to clean up efforts on the freeway. Part of the roadway underneath the freeway was also closed due to overhanging debris. All lanes reopened at 1:56 p.m.