UPDATE: Man Dies in Big Rig Crash

A crash at the Winchester Road off-ramp from southbound Interstate 15 between a big rig and a car turned deadly Friday morning.

UPDATE: This article was updated with more information about at 1:52 p.m. Friday.

More details were released about a fatal crash Friday morning at the Winchester Road off-ramp from Interstate 15 in Temecula.

The crash occurred at about 7:30 a.m. as a 1997 Toyota parking lot vacuum truck hit a semi tractor-trailer, according to a report provided by California Highway Patrol.

The big rig had pulled off on the shoulder to call in for directions from his dispatch center, according to the report.

The Toyota was traveling at about 35 to 40 mph, and according to a witness was seen weaving in traffic prior to the crash, the report stated.

The Toyota drifted onto the shoulder and hit the back of the tractor-trailer on the right side, killing the driver upon impact, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was a 34-year-old Wildomar man, though his name was not released pending notification of his family.

CHP was continuing its investigation into the crash.

Vanessa April 05, 2012 at 11:37 PM
As his family, I appreciate your prayers.
Vanessa April 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Donn't assume. Its Never an open road off that exit. There's an investigation on the driver of the big rig, he was parked there illegally.
Belinda April 28, 2012 at 05:15 AM
THIS WAS MY BROTHER whom passed in this accident. Say your prayers everytime you exit, I hope that God Protects you and all the rest of the people who take that off ramp. The loss of my brother has been a heart wrenching nightmare. Nothing will ever bring him back!! Maybe if changes are made you, your family, and many other lives may be saved or so many accidents prevented. FYI: Vanessa thank you for all your support XOXOX!
Brenda April 28, 2012 at 06:49 AM
As it will take years to ever even try to fix this freeway and ramp area drivers need to drive by the rules of the road, its that simple. Tractor trailer had no business on the side of the freeway in that small area. Sorry to say, but I do not understand how your brother did not see the back end of a tractor trailer and he ran right into it? The tractor trailer was not in the lane at all, but he was close, so there was no way to have hit him unless your brother swerved into the back of him. Unless there is some other reason for someone running smack dab into the back of a huge wall(ie the back of that tractor and trailer), your brother was not paying attention. My theory is perhaps someone was trying to get over into your brothers lane, so your brother moved a bit to avoid that car, thus hitting the back of the trailer. I am sorry Belinda, but all the freeway repairs, or saying its that freeway ramp that causes deaths is not true. People driving cars cause deaths. People. Its sad, and if people obey'd the rules of the road and freeway accidents would not happen. The tractor trailer driver just appalls me, to think he thought it was an ok place to park to get directions for heavens sake!!! Unbelieveable. Truly sorry about the death of your brother and I know peace for your family will be hard to come by over the years after his loss. God Bless you.
Jennifer H July 30, 2012 at 09:19 AM
My brother in law passed away on that off ramp when he was rear ended by a semi truck 8 years ago. It's so sad. My heart goes out to the family.


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