UPDATE: Victims of fatal I-80 wreck ID’d; kidnapping and homicide may be linked to incident
UPDATE — 8 p.m.: The victims of the Thursday morning wreck on Interstate 80 have been identified.
The wreck is being investigated as a homicide and kidnapping, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 9 a.m., a Ford F-250 pick-up truck, traveling westbound on I-80 near Sawmill Road in Alta, reportedly crashed into a tree after veering off the road, according to Gold Run California Highway Patrol spokesperson Chris Nave.
Placer County sheriff’s and CHP units responded to the scene and confirmed the passenger and driver had died. The Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as Dayton Holden, 20, of Newcastle as the driver and Devyn Graham, 23, of Dutch Flat as the passenger, according to The Sacramento Bee.
One of two lanes at the scene were closed for investigation as late as 4 p.m. Thursday.
UPDATE — 3:20 p.m.: According to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office report, detectives are still at the scene of the wreck and “are investigating the incident as a possible kidnapping and homicide.”
One of two lanes on the highway have been closed. Please use caution and drive slowly in the area.
UPDATE— 11 a.m.: According to Officer Chris Nave with the Gold Run CHP, two fatalities have been confirmed in the wreck which occurred when a Ford F-250 pick-up truck drove off of westbound I-80 near the Sawmill Road ramp in Alta.
The truck crashed into a tree and both passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not yet been released. Two other vehicles were at the scene of the wreck though no damage or injuries were reported.
The wreck occurred around 9 a.m. today and Placer County CHP and sheriff deputies responded around 9:08 a.m., Nave said.
More info to come.
UPDATE — 10:15 a.m.: Dispatch reports are stating that there are two confirmed fatalities in the wreck.
A fatal wreck is being reported near westbound Interstate 80 near Gold Run ramp in Alta.
According to CHP incident reports, the wreck was reported around 9 a.m. today and involved three vehicles, one being reported into a tree and another off the roadway.
Nevada County units did respond to the scene, and it has not been confirmed how many passengers were involved nor how many fatalities at this time.
Reports do state that CHP units have called down to the Placer County Coroner’s office.
Check back for more updates.
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