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Fatal highway crash may have involved Foster Farms truck, CHP says

October 18, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz

The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed early Friday when his big rig slammed into a pole on northbound Highway 99 in Central California, swamping traffic during the morning rush hour.

California Highway Patrol Officer Kirk Arnold said initial reports indicated that it was a Foster Farms truck that caught fire after it struck a large pole on the highway at about 3:09 a.m. near Floral Avenue in Selma. A photo posted by the Fresno Bee showed a Foster Farms truck along the side of the road, it's front end collapsed and charred.

"It's still backing up traffic significantly," Arnold said about 8:30 a.m.

Arnold said it was unclear what caused the driver to crash into the pole and that an investigation was ongoing.


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