I-80 fatality ID’d

Dutch Flat fuel tanker crash
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The Placer County Sheriff’s Office released the name Thursday of a truck driver killed Jan. 14 in a crash on Interstate 80.

He was John Michael Renfro, 63, of Antelope, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Renfro’s 64th birthday would have been on Thursday. An eight-year U.S. Army veteran, Renfro had a 36-year career in trucking.

A funeral notice published before a service Jan. 24 in Roseville said that Renfro drove tankers since 2011 for Humboldt Pacific Petroleum.

He supplied fuel during firefighting efforts, “something he was very proud of,” the funeral notice said. Renfro was also a great admirer and vocal supporter of the nation’s soldiers, veterans and public servants, it stated.

Renfro had a passion for restoring classic cars and belonged to several car clubs.

In an earlier report, the California Highway Patrol said the tanker truck Renfro was driving had 8,000 gallons of fuel when it failed to negotiate a curve while traveling east on I-80 near the Dutch Flat overcrossing. The Peterbilt truck traveled down an embankment and rolled over before coming to rest on its side, the Highway Patrol said.

Authorities initially said Renfro was 64.