A motorist died early Saturday, Oct. 26, when his car collided with a tractor-trailer on the 215 Freeway in Colton and caught fire, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened about 5:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes near La Cadena Drive. A witness said the car did not appear to slow down before becoming wedged beneath the trailer.

The Riverside County Coroner’s Office was called after the Colton and Riverside fire departments extinguished the flames.

The right lane of the freeway remained closed at 7:30 a.m.

No other details were immediately available.

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