U-Haul driver killed on SR-163 after apparently falling asleep

SAN DIEGO — A man died after apparently passing out while driving a moving van on state Route 163 near Hillcrest Saturday.

At 3:11 p.m., a caller told California Highway Patrol dispatchers a man appeared to be unconscious behind the wheel of a U-Haul van — which was still rolling at about 20 mph in the right lane of southbound Route 163 near Robinson Avenue.

A minute later, dispatchers were told the van had overturned onto the right-hand side of the freeway.

Firefighters headed to the scene to rescue the driver, who was believed to have been trapped inside, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Jose Ysea said. At about 3:40 p.m., the man was confirmed to have died.

The right lane of Route 163 was blocked in the area while officials investigated the crash. The left lane remained open.