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Authorities ID driver in I-80 wreck near Blue Canyon

UPDATE at 12:44 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Placer County authorities say the man who died in Monday’s crash on Interstate 80 was Michael Holderbein, 39, of Placerville.

According to officials, Holderbein died of multiple blunt force injuries. The death is considered an accident.

No autopsy will be performed.

UPDATE at 4:44 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

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A fatal wreck on Interstate 80 Monday afternoon stalled traffic for hours as authorities worked to pull the victim from his vehicle, authorities said.

The deceased, whose name hasn’t been released, died around 1 p.m. after his eastbound silver 2005 Infinity Coupe struck an embankment and tree just west of Blue Canyon, said Officer Robert Schmidt with the California Highway Patrol.

“The vehicle was speeding and it attempted to pass other vehicles on the center divider,” Schmidt said. “He lost control due to the sand. He ended up going into the embankment.”

Passersby tried to pull the driver from his vehicle, which was smoking but not on fire. By the time first-responders arrived and extricated him, he had died, the officer said.

No other people were inside the vehicle, and no one else was hurt, Schmidt said.

The wreck slowed traffic for about three hours.

UPDATE at 4:16 p.m.

Traffic has almost returned to normal at the scene of what authorities called a fatal wreck, the Caltrans map shows.

UPDATE at 3:33 p.m.

Authorities have reopened some lanes, though traffic remains stymied in the area.

Initially posted

Authorities say a fatality on Interstate 80, west of Blue Canyon, has completely stopped eastbound traffic Monday afternoon.

The wreck happened around 12:55 p.m. A vehicle drove into a tree and then was on fire. People tried to get the driver out of the vehicle, but couldn’t, California Highway Patrol reports state.

Firefighters and a helicopter responded to the scene, and the Placer County coroner was called. Officers have stopped eastbound traffic at Whitmore Road, reports state.

Check back for more information about this incident.


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