Driver, 16, killed in Interstate 80 crashBy: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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.