One dead in fiery big rig crash on Lakeville Highway

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.


Lakeville Highway is reopen Thursday morning after a fiery big-rig crash the day before that killed the driver and shut down a seven-mile stretch of the roadway.

The route between Stage Gulch Road and Highway 37 had been closed since the 11:45 a.m Wednesday crash.

Petaluma police announced the road's reopening at 5:22 a.m.

The 31-year-old male driver, of Los Angeles, died after his truck drifted off the road and slammed into a tree, CHP officials said. The. crash shut down the rural thoroughfare east of Petaluma. Officers directed traffic away from the area to alternative routes such as Highway 121 to the east and Highway 101 to the west.

The truck crashed just south of Old Lakeville Road No. 2, an area where rows of eucalyptus trees form a tunnel along the highway.

The driver was heading south at about 30 mph when, according to witnesses, the truck drifted off the road and hit the tree, CHP Sgt. Alan Capurro said. The truck caught fire, which quickly engulfed at least two trees and spread across a dry, grassy field.

The driver was unable to get out of the truck, which was destroyed by the fire, Capurro said.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Suzie Blankenship said firefighters quickly stopped the forward progress of the vegetation blaze, which remained small. CHP Officer Curt Lubiszewski said the blaze barely made it to the fence that lines the roadway.

Staff Writer Christi Warren contributed to this report. You can reach Staff Writer Julie Johnson at 521-5220 or On Twitter @jjpressdem.

Please read our commenting policy
  • No profanity, abuse, racism, hate speech or personal attacks on others.
  • No spam or off-topic posts. Keep the conversation to the theme of the article.
  • No disinformation about current events. Claims of "Fake News" will be delayed for moderation
  • No name calling. "Orange Menace", "Libtards", etc. are not respectful.
Send a letter to the editor

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine