SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) – The Marin County coroner’s office is trying to contact the next of kin of a man who died in a wrong-way driving collision on U.S. Highway 101 in San Rafael late Monday night.

Chief Deputy Coroner Darrell Harris said the deceased driver is not a Marin County resident, and it may take a few days before his next of kin are notified. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

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California Highway Patrol officers responded at 11:20 p.m. to a collision in the slow lane of southbound Highway 101, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

A 2000 Honda Civic was traveling north on southbound Highway 101 when it collided with a southbound 2015 Peterbilt big-rig towing two empty gas trailers, killing the Honda driver, Barclay said.

The collision occurred between the Central San Rafael off-ramp and Lincoln Avenue on-ramp, according to Barclay.

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The big-rig driver, Archie Campbell, 58, of Willits, was unable to stop when he saw the Honda heading directly toward him and could not veer left into another lane because another vehicle was next to him, Barclay said.

There were no reports before the collision about a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the highway, indicating the Honda driver was driving the wrong way for a short period of time, Barclay said.

The CHP would like to speak to the driver of the vehicle that was in the lane next to the big-rig as part of its investigation, Barclay said.  Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call the CHP at (415) 924-1100.

The collision closed the three right lanes of southbound Highway 101 between North San Pedro Road and Central San Rafael, Barclay said.

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