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East County News Service

February 8, 2016 (Alpine) — A 51-year-old San Diego man died after rear-ending a truck pulling a semi-trailer on eastbound Interstate 8 in Alpine early this morning.

The truck was driven by a Spring Valley man, 33, who was not injured.  The 2008 Freightliner truck hauling the semi-trailer uphill had emergency flashers on and was traveling at 25-30 miles per hour when it was struck from behind by a Dodge Sprinter van at approximately 70 miles per hour.

“The driver of the Dodge failed to observe the slow moving truck ahead of his vehicle,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearstein. He added that the van driver took no evasive action before striking the truck.  He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The driver of the truck was not injured. 

The collision in the slow lane, east of Tavern Road, caused closure for two hours during cleanup and investigation.  It appears that alcohol and drugs were not  factors in the tragedy, Officer Pearlstein indicated.