A Turlock truck driver escaped serious injury from a fiery collision that claimed the life of a Modesto man Wednesday morning.
The collision happened around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on State Route 132 in Modesto, near the intersection with Paradise Road.
The name of the deceased has not been released at this time. He was a 26-year-old man from Modesto.
The Turlock truck driver was identified as Harvinder Singh Bains, 54. Bains was driving a 2015 Volvo 2000 Reliance tractor-trailer.
The deceased was driving a 1994 GMC Sonoma truck on Paradise Road and had come to a complete stop at the posted stop sign where Paradise Road ends at Highway 132.
Bains was driving the tractor-trailer eastbound on 132 and was approaching the intersection at an estimated 55 miles per hour, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The tractor-trailer was about 100 feet from the intersection when the GMC began to slowly pull onto 132, the CHP reported.
Bains applied his brakes, but given the proximity of the GMC, was unable to avoid a collision. The front of the tractor-trailer struck the left side of the GMC.
The force of the impact ripped the truck bed off the GMC and sent both vehicles into the westbound lane before they came to a stop on the north shoulder.
Both vehicles caught fire almost immediately after colliding. Bains was able to get out of the tractor-trailer with only a cut to his left hand. He declined medical treatment at the scene and said he would seek his own medical attention.
The 26-year-old sustained fatal injuries from the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been factors in the collision, according to the CHP.