Coroner IDs Two Who Died After Truck Driver Choked

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    The crash sparked a big fire.

    The Solano County coroner has identified a Petaluma husband and wife as the two who died after a big rig driver choked on food and lost consciousness on a highway near Sacramento.

    The vicitms are: Phang Phetsomphou, 76, and Bouaket Phetsomphou, 74. They were in a BMW when the truck slammed into them about 10:30 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 80 near Davis, which is about 15 miles west of Sacramento.

    The tractor-trailer driver was in the eastbound lanes when he lost consciousness, drifted onto the right shoulder and then veered sharply to the left, going across the highway and over the center divider, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker said.

    He regained consciousness, but not in time to avoid an oncoming BMW. The vehicles collided head-on and burst into flames.

    The truck driver suffered minor to moderate injuries, including burns, Parker said. He also collided with two other vehicles as his truck went across the highway, leaving two others with minor to moderate injuries.

    The truck driver's identity has not been released. The highway was shut down in both directions for hours, but the eastbound lanes were reopened by early afternoon, Parker said.