UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol has announced the identity of the man killed this morning as Joseph Daniel Westcott, 43 years old, of Mad River.
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Highway 36 has been reopened. California Highway Patrol press release below:
On the morning of Tuesday, July 25, 2017 a head on collision results in one fatality.
At approximately 5:55 a.m., a 43 year old male, from the Mad River area, was driving a 2000 Honda Civic on SR-36 at mile post marker 10.41. At the same time Brandon Barnwell, of Bridgeville, was driving his 1994 fully loaded Peterbilt log truck westbound on SR-36. For reasons still under investigation the Honda Civic was traveling eastbound completely within the westbound lane of SR-36. The Honda and the Peterbilt collided causing the log truck to roll onto its side, spilling its load onto the roadway, blocking both lanes of traffic. The driver of the Honda succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the collision. This collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The identity of the driver of the Honda Civic is being withheld pending family notifications.