- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BAKER, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a fatal interstate wreck in California (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

The California Highway Patrol says a juvenile passenger of a semi-truck was killed and its driver was seriously hurt when the vehicle veered out of lanes and slammed into another semi that was broken down on the shoulder.

CHP Officer Ryan Camara says two people were inside the parked semi when it was struck around 4 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 15 near the Nevada border. A woman sustained moderate injuries and a man had minor injuries.

Hazmat crews responded and the highway was shut down after a substance on one truck spilled into lanes. Authorities determined the substance posed no health hazard.

Camara says preliminary reports indicate the 28-year-old driver may have fallen asleep, but stressed that the collision is still being investigated.

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9:30 a.m.

Authorities say a material spilled from a semi-truck in a fatal crash on a remote California freeway does not pose a threat to the public.

Hazmat crews responded and Interstate 15 was completely closed for hours in the Mojave Desert following the crash of two trucks in northbound lanes around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Southbound lanes reopened around 7:45 a.m.

San Bernardino County fire officials say they identified the substance that spilled from drums. They didn’t say what the substance was, but say it poses no threat. Officers responding to the crash near the Nevada border reported an overwhelming odor and difficulty breathing.

Cleanup is expected to take several hours.

Traffic headed toward Las Vegas was diverted off at Cima Road for a detour back to the interstate at Nipton Road.

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8:05 a.m.

Authorities say one person was killed when two semi-trucks crashed and possibly hazardous materials were spilled on a remote stretch of Interstate 15 in the Southern California desert near the Nevada border.

The California Highway Patrol says the interstate was closed for hours in both directions following the crash in northbound lanes around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Southbound lanes reopened around 7:45 a.m.

The CHP says hazmat crews responded about 30 miles northeast of Baker, California, after several 55 gallon drums leaked. It wasn’t known what was in the drums but officers reported an overwhelming odor and difficulty breathing.

San Bernardino County fire officials say one person was killed.

Traffic headed toward Las Vegas was diverted off at Cima Road for a detour back to the interstate at Nipton Road.

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