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Driver, 16, killed in Interstate 80 crash

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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UPDATED: 3:15 P.M. TUESDAY NOV 13: CRASH VICTIM ID'D

The victim of a fatal crash today on I-80 has been identified.

The Placer Coroner's Office said the crash victim is Joelle Cherelyn Lindbloom. Lindbloom was a 16-year-old Placer High School student.

ORIGINAL REPORT: DRIVER KILLED IN I-80 CRASH

A crash today on Interstate 80 killed the lone occupant of an SUV after it left the road and struck a support pillar below an overcrossing.

The crash took place at 7:35 a.m. on a stretch of I-80 between Auburn and Colfax at the Heather Glen overcrossing.

The driver of the 2005 Ford Freestyle crossover SUV was identified by the California Highway Patrol as a 16-year-old female from Colfax.

The SUV was on westbound I-80 approaching the Heather Glen overcrossing when it veered across the freeway and off the road, the Highway Patrol reported. As the vehicle left the road, it struck the side of a concrete pillar.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. One lane of traffic was closed for two hours during the crash investigation.