A head-on collision between two big rigs killed a truck driver and caused complete gridlock on Highway 99 in Goshen on the morning of Tuesday, October 15th. The deceased truck driver had been spotted earlier on Highway 99 weaving in traffic before crossing the center divider into oncoming traffic.
The crash occurred at 7:14 a.m. in Goshen, just north of Highway 198. A semi truck traveling south on Highway 99 with an empty shipping container crossed the center divider and smashed head on into another big rig carrying Tecate beer. The truck carrying Tecate was knocked on its side, but the driver was able to escape from the passenger window. A CSU Fresno student driving a Honda north also crashed, but did not appear seriously injured. Both drivers were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia.
The truck that crossed the concrete center divider was obliterated in the crash and promptly caught fire. The driver died as a result of the crash. A toxicology test will help determine if the deceased driver was under the influence at the time of the crash.
The collision closed Highway 99 for hours, fully reopening nearly 12 hours after the crash. Even after the highway was reopened, the odor of beer could be smelled driving by.