Driver dies when pickup rear-ends big rig

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Deadly accident near Camp Pendleton

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – A Los Angeles County man was killed when his pickup truck struck and became wedged underneath a big rig on Interstate 5 north of Oceanside, authorities said Friday.

The victim, a 67-year-old Santa Fe Springs resident, was headed north on the freeway north of Harbor Drive around 11:20 p.m. Thursday, but failed to notice that traffic had come to a stop in the area because of construction, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt.

His 1990 Chevy pickup rear-ended a 2002 Volvo big rig hauling 80,000 pounds of tomatoes near Camp Pendleton, Bettencourt said. The wreckage of the pickup truck became wedged under the big rig’s trailer.

The Chevy’s driver died at the scene. His name was not immediately available.

The tractor-trailer’s driver, a 53-year-old Tarzana man, was not hurt, according to the officer.

Bettencourt said it was unknown whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.