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Truck Driver Trying To Be A Good Samaritan Dies When Vehicle Plunges Off Cliff In Ventura County

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)
Ventura County rescue teams at the scene of a water tanker truck crash in Ventura County

The driver of a water truck who was trying to be a good Samaritan died when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled over a cliff in Ventura County. It happened at about nine a.m. Wednesday, on Deer Creek Road near the Pacific Coast Highway.

The driver was northbound on Deer Creek Road when he pulled over on the shoulder of the mountain road to let other vehicles pass. But, CHP investigators say the truck started rolling backwards, and went over a cliff.

The truck was carrying 20,000 gallons of water. It plunged more than 2,000 feet down the steep mountainside before coming to a stop. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.