MIRAMAR — A wrong-way SUV driver died in a head-on collision with a U.S. Postal Service semi-truck on south state Route 163 at state Route 52 early Friday, the California Highway Patrol said.
The impact demolished the Nissan Xterra and knocked the big-rig, partially full of mail, onto its right side across freeway lanes, CHP Sgt. Armando Casas said.
Other motorists reported the Nissan heading north and erratically swerving across southbound freeway lanes about 1:40 a.m. The SUV approached a group of on-coming vehicles and the driver veered sharply to the right, into the path of the semi-truck going about 60 mph in the middle lane, Casas said.
The postal truck driver tried to steer away, but the two collided. Two rear axles were torn off the truck and the wreckage of both vehicles blocked all southbound lanes, Casas said.
The SUV driver, a 21-year-old San Diego resident, was found dead in his vehicle. His name has not been released. The truck driver, 49, from San Diego, suffered minor to moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital.
Casas said Postal Service employees secured the mail in the truck.