One man killed in Hwy. 101 crash after box truck overturns

A man was killed early Wednesday after the driver of a box truck fell asleep at the wheel and drove up an embankment causing the truck to overturn on Highway 101 in San Jose, authorities said.

The incident was reported just before 4 a.m. near the McKee Road on-ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The passenger of the box truck was sleeping in the backseat of the extended cab of the truck when the crash happened, said Officer Ross Lee, a CHP spokesman. It does not appear he was wearing a seat belt.

“The driver says that he believes that he may have momentarily fallen asleep and dozed off at the wheel,” Lee said.

The truck went up the right shoulder and drove up an embankment resulting in it overturning, Lee added.

The passenger was pronounced dead. He was not identified.

One northbound lane was open on the highway and authorities advised morning commuters to take alternate routes. Authorities expect to reopen the lanes by about 7:30 a.m.

Tow trucks were on scene to remove the box truck. Crews were also cleaning oil that had spilled onto the roadway, but Lee said the morning rain had washed most of it away.

Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @SarRavani

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