Authorities have released the identities of the two people killed in a fiery crash on a Northern California highway that occurred after the driver of a big rig choked on food and lost consciousness.
The Solano County Coroner's Office said Friday the victims are 76-year old Phang Phetsomphou and his wife, 74-year-old Bouaket Phetsomphou, of Petaluma.
Authorities say they were in a BMW traveling westbound on Interstate 80 near Sacramento on Thursday morning when they were struck head on by a big rig that had crossed the median.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the truck driver, 45-year-old John Manuszak of Fresno, was driving eastbound when he choked on food, lost consciousness and went across the highway and over the center divider.
He regained consciousness, but not in time to avoid an oncoming BMW. The vehicles collided head-on and burst into flames.
Manuszak and three other people in two separate vehicles all suffered minor injuries.
The highway was shut down in both directions for hours, but all lanes reopened just after 5 p.m., Parker said.
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