A 21-year-old woman was killed early Wednesday morning on Highway 12 when her vehicle collided with a big-rig, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Fairfield resident Kirstin Aksnes died on the scene of the 5:30 a.m. accident, which slowed traffic in both directions for several hours, police said.
The accident occurred as Aksnes drove a 2001 Volkswagen east on the highway at about 55 mph and drifted into oncoming traffic. A 1998 Peterbuilt tractor trailer traveling west applied its brakes, but could not avoid the head-on collision, police said.
The truck's driver and passenger sustained minor injuries and were transported to Lodi Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Both vehicles went off the road as a result of the crash, and the big-rig ended up overturned in a ditch on the north side of the highway, police said.
The truck was transporting energy drinks, and the resulting cleanup and investigation slowed traffic in the area for several hours. The roadway was under one-way traffic control until the early afternoon, according to the CHP's website.
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