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Fatal Accident Involving Caltrans Crew Ties Up I-5

A fatal traffic accident involving a Caltrans crew caused massive delays for south Orange County commuters Monday, authorities said.

The accident happened at 9:16 a.m. on Interstate 5 southbound near San Clemente. The California Highway Patrol said a man driving a delivery truck rear-ended one of two Caltrans vehicles operating a “moving lane closure” near Avenida Calafia. The truck, its front end severely damaged, then overturned.

The truck driver, 39-year-old David Eugene Harvey of Garden Grove, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Caltrans worker was taken to San Clemente Hospital, where he was treated and released.

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