The CHP has identified the man who died after a head-on collision Friday morning on Price Canyon Road as Pascual Sanchez, 28, of Nipomo.
The crash took place on Highway 227 about one mile east of Pismo Beach about 8:30 a.m. and involved a trash truck driven by Lester Dale White, 65 of Arroyo Grande. White suffered minor injuries.
Officials said Sanchez was driving a 1998 Mazda at 55 miles per hour in the westbound lane and White was driving a 2002 Volvo truck in the opposite direction at 50 miles per hour.
As they approached each other, Sanchez drifted across double yellow lines into the opposing lane and crashed head-on into the truck, officials said.
Sanchez was taken to French Hospital Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
White’s employer took him to seek medical aid.
Investigators said they do not know why Sanchez drifted into the opposite lane. The incident remains under investigation.
At this point, drugs or alcohol don't seem to be a factor in the crash; toxicology reports are pending.
Price Canyon Road was closed for about an hour after the crash.