Crash involving semi near Pala Casino kills 1, ignites fire

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-06 09:24:48-05

PALA, Calif. (KGTV) - A crash involving a tractor-trailer near Pala Casino and Resort killed one person and sent large plumes of smoke into the sky late Friday.

The crash was reported just after 4:30 p.m. in the 12700 block of State Route 76 near Lilac Road, according to California Highway Patrol. A tractor-trailer collided with a Corvette head-on after the car veered into oncoming traffic, police said.

It's not clear why the Corvette swerved out of its lane. The crash ignited a fire, which burned through the tractor-trailer.

The driver of the Corvette was killed, police said. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

Both directions of SR-76 were immediately blocked between Lilac Rd. and Cole Grade Rd. following the crash.