EARLIMART, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A semi-truck loaded with wood pallets caught on fire on Highway 99 Friday afternoon near Earlimart, according to the Tulare County Fire Department, killing the driver inside.

Tulare County Fire, with assistance from Kern County Fire, responded just before 3 p.m. to a vehicle fire on southbound Highway 99 at Avenue 24.

Fire crews arrived to find a semi-truck with a trailer of pallets on fire. CHP officers later confirmed that the semi-truck’s driver had died.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the incident.