A motorcyclist suffered major injuries Tuesday morning after colliding with a big rig on Weedpatch Highway.

At 5:25 a.m., Joel Contreras Caraballo, 22, of Lamont, was riding his motorcycle northbound on Weedpatch Highway approaching the intersection at Muller Road, according to California Highway Patrol officers. Kenneth E. Rasmussen, 57, of Guerneville, was driving a big rig southbound on Weedpatch Highway and completing a left turn onto Muller Road.

Caraballo failed to slow as he approached the intersection and struck the right side of the trailer, officers reported. He suffered major injuries and was taken to Kern Medical Center.

- The Californian