Photo: Big rig tears out highway 1 sign

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The Buena Vista exit sign on Highway 1 in Watsonville was knocked down late Wednesday night when the male driver of a Freightliner big rig lost control and crashed.

Julieta Trenado of the California Highway Patrol said it is not known why he lost control at 10:44 p.m. while traveling south on Highway 1, north of Buena Vista Drive.

At one point a trailer dump bed tumbled into the overhanging exit sign. The 65-year-old Watsonville man suffered major injuries.
Alcohol/drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision, Trenado said.

The CHP kept traffic moving around the crash site. The road was cleared by 2:30 a.m. 

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