VALLEJO (CBS SF) – A man who was killed in a fiery big-rig crash along state Highway 37 in Vallejo Thursday morning has been identified by the Solano County coroner’s office as 43-year-old Roseville resident William Ballard.
Ballard was driving west on Highway 37 when his Ace Hardware big-rig collided with a white pickup truck just east of state Highway 29 at about 6:40 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker said.
The collision caused the big-rig to fall from Highway 37 onto a grassy area below, where it caught fire.
Parker said two witnesses who were driving north on Highway 29 saw sparks coming from the big-rig before it went off of Highway 37.
The two, along with an off-duty paramedic, ran to the big-rig as it burned and pulled Ballard out of the cabin, Parker said.
Ballard was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Parker said.