Stanislaus County coroner officials have identified a Redding man who died last week after three big rigs were involved in a chain-reaction collision on Highway 99 in Turlock.
Gregory Wayne Davis, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Coroner officials had tentatively identified Davis last week, but they used dental records Monday to confirm his identity.
The crash occurred about 11: 50 p.m. July 6 as Davis was driving a 2007 Freightliner south on Highway 99.
Marcus Trask, 41, of Selma had stopped his big rig on the highway's west shoulder and was attempting to merge back onto the road's southbound lanes. Jaime Henriquez, 56, of Fresno also was driving a big rig, heading in the same direction.
Henriquez slowed to let in Trask's truck just ahead of him.
CHP officer Rick Horrocks said Davis apparently didn't see what was happening and drove into the back of Henriquez's slowing vehicle.
The force of the impact crushed the cab in Davis' big rig about 15 feet inward, according to the CHP. It erupted in flames and became engulfed.
Trask and Henriquez told CHP officials they would seek their own medical treatment. The extent of their injuries was unclear.
All three drivers were wearing seat belts.