By Eli Walsh
Bay City News Foundation
A pickup truck driver died Monday morning in rural Sonoma County after the pickup was hit by a big-rig at the intersection of state Highways 37 and 121, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP’s Marin office began receiving reports just after 6 a.m. of the collision, which resulted in major damage to the pickup truck and a collision with the cement center divide to the west of the two highways’ intersection.
Officers with the Marin CHP, Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department and the Schell-Vista Fire Protection District closed westbound Highway 37 once they arrived and rendered medical aid to the pickup truck driver, who died at the scene.
The CHP’s preliminary investigation found that the big-rig was traveling west on Highway 37 toward the Highway 121 intersection and failed to notice a red Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and a Subaru Outback were preparing to turn left from southbound Highway 121 to eastbound Highway 37.
The semi-truck driver attempted to stop before hitting the two vehicles but collided with the pickup’s driver-side door. The Toyota was pushed into the front end of the Subaru, which spun into the lanes of Highway 37, according to the CHP.
Officers kept the westbound lanes of Highway 37 closed at Mare Island until roughly 11:45 a.m.
An investigation into the collision is ongoing. People with information pertinent to the investigation can contact the Marin CHP office at (415) 924-1100.
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