FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – One person was killed in a fiery car crash on a highway Monday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash involving two vehicles happened before 3:00 p.m. on Highway 41, near the offramp for Van Ness Avenue.
Officials have confirmed that one person was killed inside a truck that was engulfed in flames.
The driver killed in the crash has not been identified, but officers say he is believed to be in his mid-50s.
While investigating, officers said they learned that the driver had been speeding down the highway in his truck when he tried to avoid hitting an SUV in the lane in front of him.
Investigators say the driver ended up clipping the back of the SUV, causing his truck to crash down the dirt embankment along the highway.
After the initial crash, the truck hit a nearby palm tree and burst into flames.
Smoke from the fire was drifting across the lanes of the highway as firefighters worked to get the flames under control.