VALLEJO — Traffic was at a standstill Thursday morning between Fairfield and Vallejo following a big-rig crash that killed the driver.
In the crash reported about 6:42 a.m., a Dodge pickup collided with a Freightliner tractor-trailer on westbound Highway 37 at Highway 29, according to the California Highway Patrol. Both vehicles veered to the side and collided with the concrete rail on the shoulder. The Dodge pickup stayed on the road but the big rig fell off the overpass onto the ground below and burst into flames.
William Ballard, 43, of Roseville, who was driving the Ace Hardware tractor-trailer, was pulled from the wreckage by passers-by and died later at Kaiser Vallejo Hospital, according to CHP.
The driver of the pickup, Jacob Goguen, was also taken to the hospital.
The westbound lanes of Highway 37 were re-opened at 9:36 a.m. The first and second lanes of northbound Highway 29 were shut down until 12:45 p.m.
Several agencies responded to the scene. The county hazmat team determined that no hazardous materials were released in the accident, according to CHP. Crews removed the tractor-trailer about 2:30 p.m. and cleaned up debris.
Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be involved in the crash, according to CHP.
Anyone with information of the collision or witnesses are asked to call the CHP office in Fairfield at 428-2100.
Heather Ah San contributed to this report.
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