LANCASTER – A Quartz Hill man died Thursday morning after his vehicle crashed into a big rig whose driver ran a stop sign at a Lancaster intersection, authorities said.
The fatal collision occurred around 8:35 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, on Avenue H at 60th Street West, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The driver of a 1990 Toyota truck was traveling north on 60th Street West, while the driver of a 2009 International tractor/trailer towing a 40 foot steel container was traveling east on Avenue H, according to the news release.
“The driver of the Toyota had the right of way in the intersection, as it is controlled by stop signs for east/west travel on Avenue H only. According to witnesses, the driver of the big rig did not stop for the stop sign and entered the intersection in path of the Toyota,” the news release states.
“The driver of the Toyota was unable to stop and struck the rear of the trailer, just ahead of the rear wheels. The force of the collision crushed the Toyota and killed the driver instantly,” the news release states.
The deceased driver was identified as 54-year-old Gary Wood of Quartz Hill, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
“The driver of the big rig showed no signs of being impaired and was cooperating with detectives,” the sheriff’s news release states.
The collision is being investigated by the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Detail.