Updated: Fatal Truck Accident Closes Southbound I-5 At Vista Del Lago
Updated 9:30 a.m., Friday
The driver killed in the citrus truck crash Thursday afternoon has been identified as Frank Arias, 40, of Santa Paula.
Arias was driving a 1973 Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig northbound on the I-5 just north of Vista Del Lago Road when the left front tire blew out, causing the truck to veer into the center divider.
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The truck collided with the metal guardrail and overturned. The force of the crash ejected Arias out of the cab and he struck the guardrail, suffering fatal injuries. The tractor trailer came to rest on the guard rail, the truck and its load of lemons and limes blocked four traffic lanes on the southbound side and three on the northbound side.