1 killed, another trapped inside when semi flips on rural highway

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SAN DIEGO — One person was killed and another injured when a semi-truck flipped over and trapped them inside the cab near Pauma Valley Thursday.

Shortly after 8 a.m., a man was driving a tractor-trailer westbound on state Route 76 east of Rincon Ranch Road when he lost control, causing it to overturn, according to California Highway Patrol. Authorities say the driver of the 2005 Peterbilt model 387 tractor, which was towing a flatbed trailer loaded with sealed bags of landscaping mulch, was traveling down the grade at a speed “too great for the roadway conditions” and lost control while trying to navigate a curve.

The 54-year-old driver and his 55-year-old passenger, both from Indio, became trapped within the mangled cab. Rescue crews were able to free the passenger but the driver died at the scene.

The passenger was airlifted to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and was expected to fully recover.

Lanes in the area were closed until 2:30 p.m.

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