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Fatal crash at Highway 49, Combie Road in southern Nevada County

An Auburn man was killed and two other men were flown to a Roseville hospital after a crash on Highway 49 and Combie Road at about 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

Alford Presser, 90, was driving a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis northbound on Highway 49, with witnesses describing his vehicle as being “all over the road,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Whiting.

“He was driving extremely erratically,” Whiting said.



As Presser approached the traffic light at Combie Road, at which there was a lot of traffic, he reportedly began passing the stopped vehicles, swerving to the left and into the southbound lanes.

As he entered the intersection, he collided with the front driver side of a Dodge Ram beginning to turn left onto the highway and pushing both vehicles into the southbound lanes.




The driver of the truck, identified as Michael Kaspar, 57, of Auburn, was extricated from his vehicle but died at the scene as he was being prepared to be flown out, Whiting said.

His son, Michael John Kaspar, 27, was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center; the extent of his injuries was not known as of press time.

Presser also was flown to Roseville and reportedly was in critical condition.

It was not known if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, which remains under investigation.

Southbound traffic was blocked, causing major congestion, until approximately 4 p.m., according to the CHP website.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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