Big Rig Carrying Full Load of Walnuts Overturns, Leading to Deadly Crash

LODI -- A driver died early Monday after crashing into a big rig along Highway 12 at Guard Road.

Crews worked for four hours to clear walnuts that had been scattered across the highway after a big rig driver traveling eastbound had trouble seeing in the dense morning fog.

Around 4:40 a.m, the 61-year-old semitruck driver noticed he was moving toward the opposite side of the highway and swerved to correct his truck. The big rig then overturned into both lanes of the highway, spilling a full load of walnuts on the road.

One driver traveling westbound saw the semitruck and was able to move out of the way. A second driver in a 2002 Volvo, however, did not see it. The Volvo struck the big rig, slid across the roadway and fell into an irrigation ditch.

The 73-year-old driver of the Volvo was killed in the crash.

The big rig driver's legs were stuck in his cab, but he was able to escape with minor injuries.

Neither alcohol or drugs were believed to be factors in the crash.