Big rig driver killed in crash with light pole

Big rig driver killed in crash with light pole
The scene where a big rig crashed into a tree and light pole Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, off northbound 99 just south of Panama Lane. (KBAK/KBFX photo by Lou Enriquez)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A big rig driver was killed early Sunday when he crashed his truck into a light pole and then a tree on northbound Highway 99 just north of Taft Highway.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the big rig drifted off the highway shortly after 4 a.m.

The driver had to be cut out of the smashed cab by fire crews.

Environmental Health was called to the scene after the wrecked rig was loaded up for a tow for a possible diesel spill.

The crash is being investigated by the CHP.

Coroner's investigators identified the driver as 50-year-old Hugh Michael March of Santa Cruz.

"The decedent lost control of his big-rig and crashed head-on into a tree," said a news release from the coroner's office.

A search of public records showed that March lived in Las Vegas and worked for Pepsi.