Authorities reported that a man was killed following a collision between a vehicle and a big rig in Rialto on Friday morning, January 20, 2023.
According to the Rialto Police Department, the fatal crash occurred at 3:03 a.m. at 300 West Slover Avenue near Willow Avenue.
The crash was between a grey Nissan Sentra driven by Bloomington resident Jose E., 26, and a semi-truck towing two trailers driven by Palmdale resident Jose C., 31.
The Nissan was reportedly traveling east on Slover approaching Willow Avenue while the truck was heading north on Willow after leaving a nearby logistics yard. The truck turned left to westbound Slover when the Nissan crashed with the rear portion of the truck’s second trailer.
Both vehicles blocked the road as responders from the Rialto Fire Department arrived. The Nissan driver got stuck inside his car and sustained serious injuries. He was later declared dead at the scene while the truck driver was unharmed. No other person was involved in the deadly crash.
As the further investigation continued, alcohol did not appear to have played a role in the collision, though the Nissan driver may have been driving at a high rate of speed before the crash.
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