BRAWLEY – According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, a fatal accident involving a truck tractor and trailer on February 4 is believed to have been caused by a medical emergency involving the driver.

On Monday, February 4, at approximately 1:21 p.m. a 44-year-old man from Florence-Graham, MS was driving a Freightliner truck tractor and trailer westbound on State Route 78 just east of Hovley Road, the report said.

The driver is thought to have suffered a medical emergency while driving, and the emergency rendered him unconscious and unable to control the vehicle. The vehicle drifted onto the south shoulder through the perimeter fence and continued down an embankment where it came to rest on its wheels. 

According to reports, a local resident witnessed the incident and called 911 to report the collision. EMS personnel arrived and pronounced the driver dead on the scene. CHP officers responded to the scene to investigate the circumstances of the collision.

The CHP reminds motorists that the use of 911 for reporting unusual events or pedestrians on the county's highways and freeways helps us provide the highest level of safety, service and security to the County of Imperial.  

The cause of death and the collision remain under investigation.

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