1 dead in Placer County crash; victim identity not yet released, authorities say
June 16, 2017
A Friday morning wreck on Highway 49, two miles south of the Bear River, left one person dead and stymied traffic in both directions for two hours, authorities said.
Investigators haven't yet released the identity of the driver killed around 8:25 a.m. in the collision near Cramer Road.
The wreck occurred in Placer County, where a Kia minivan traveling north on the highway crossed into the southbound lanes for an unknown reason. The minivan collided head on with a Hyundai Elantra, killing the Hyundai's driver, the California Highway Patrol said.
The minivan's driver had minor injuries, Officer David Martinez said.
It's unknown why the minivan's driver moved into oncoming traffic. Drugs and alcohol aren't a factor, Martinez added.
The crash remains under investigation.
The wreck stalled traffic in both directions for over an hour. Authorities opened one northbound lane after arriving, allowing the slow movement of vehicles in both directions until all lanes reopened.
"Traffic was never really stopped," Martinez said. "Just delayed until about 10:30 a.m."
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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