SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The driver of a pickup truck was killed after going the wrong way on Interstate 5 and colliding with a big rig. The fiery crash closed southbound traffic lanes for more than eight hours and caused a backup near downtown Sacramento.

Firefighters said they saw a ball of flames when they responded to the scene early Saturday.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( ) the driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead.

The big rig driver told emergency responders he saw a pair of headlights coming toward him on the southbound lanes. He said he swerved into another lane, but the two vehicles collided anyway.

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