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Good Samaritan dead after stopping to help after crash on I-8 in California

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Posted at 9:21 AM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 09:21:30-05

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. -- A good Samaritan was killed after a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 8 near the Pine Valley Bridge after he stopped to help a driver in distress.

The crash was reported shortly before 5:15 a.m. Wednesday on the westbound side of I-8 near the bridge, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials said a pickup truck spun out and crashed on the side of the bridge after it drove over a patch of ice.

A good Samaritan stopped to assist the driver, when another car careened toward the wrecked truck, according to CHP officials at the scene. The Samaritan tried to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, but hopped over the side of the bridge instead, falling into the canyon below.

The Samaritan's body was found shortly after authorities arrived on scene. He has not been identified. Firefighters will have to hike down to the body in order to move it to another area safe enough for a helicopter to hoist it out.

According to the CHP, one of the vehicles involved had a four-month-old child inside. The child is believed to be OK.

The crash blocked at least one lane and left debris on the road.

Caltrans crews arrived to drop sand on the road to prevent other vehicles from sliding on the icy pavement.