Press release from the California Highway Patrol:
On Wednesday at approximately 1425 hours, a solo male occupant was driving a 1988 Kenworth tractor towing doubles trailers fully loaded with hay westbound on SR-162 at an unknown speed. As the party was negotiating the left hand curvature of the roadway, he allowed his vehicle to exit the north side of the roadway and overturn down a dirt/planted embankment. During the collision, the cab of the Kenworth was crushed and the driver was trapped inside. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, upon medical personnel arrival. The driver was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the collision.
CHP was assisted on scene by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Covelo Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire and Willits Volunteer Fire Department.
It is not believed that alcohol or drugs were a factor of this collision at this time. This collision remains under investigation by California Highway Patrol at this time.