BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. (KGET) — The victim killed in a semi-truck rollover crash on Sunday has been identified, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
According to KCSO, 24-year-old Michael Leo Gonzalez of Shafter was a passenger in a 2014 International Pro Star fuel truck traveling south on Main Drain Road when the operator of the truck lost control of the vehicle and overturned.
Gonzalez suffered major injuries during the rollover crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, California Highway Patrol said.
The 19-year-old driver of the fuel truck was trapped in the wreckage and was extricated by the Kern County Fire Department and was eventually transported by air to an area hospital. The crash happened on Main Drain Road just north of 7th Standard Road at approximately 3:05 p.m. on Oct. 1, CHP deputies said.
A postmortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of Gonzalez’s death, KCSO said.
The California Highway Patrol is the lead investigation agency involved in this crash. Anyone with information regarding the crash is encouraged to call them at 661-396-6600.