A Delano man died in a crash Thursday morning on southbound Highway 99 when his pickup slammed into the back of a big rig, authorities said.

The pickup was smoking and lodged halfway under the semi-truck's trailer following the 5:48 a.m. crash just north of 7th Standard Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The No. 3 lane was shut down as firefighters removed the driver, who has not yet been identified, from the pickup.

Vehicles were backed up on the Lerdo onramp shortly before 8 a.m., officers said. 

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