One killed in fiery freeway crash involving semi-truck

SAN DIEGO -- At least one person is dead after a crash between a car and a semi-truck sparked a massive vehicle fire in El Cajon Friday, California Highway Patrol confirmed.

The fire broke out after the crash on Interstate 8 Eastbound near Johnson Avenue.

CHP says the sedan was in the fast lane near the West Main Street exit when it swerved out of control and eventually crossed all lanes of traffic, hitting the semi-truck in the far right lane.

"We are getting initial reports that the sedan may have been cut off prior to the collision or what may might have led up to the collision," a CHP spokesman said.

Witness accounts of the incident are still being investigated, but officers say the semi-truck dragged the sedan for several hundred feet before finally coming to a stop and becoming fully engulfed in flames. The semi-truck also appeared to have been carrying a large load of recycled materials, creating difficulties for responding fire crews.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

Investigators say they have the potential license plate number for the other vehicle that may have been involved in the crash but are not releasing it at this time.

The victim inside the sedan is currently only being identified as a male.

Only one lane of traffic was open in the area and traffic was backed up to State Route 125. The West Main Street on-ramp to the 8 was also closed.

A car was lodged under a semi-truck trailer in a fiery crash on I-8 Eastbound Friday. Photo: Joseph Killian