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One dead in crash on Indian Hill Road in Newcastle

Stretch of road shut down between Auburn and Newcastle
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Indian Hill Road near Auburn. The crash, which was reported shortly after 11 a.m., involved two vehicles in the 10200-block of the two-lane road, just outside of Auburn city limits in Newcastle. The driver, a man about 80 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries, California Highway Patrol Officer David Martinez said. Driving a Subaru compact station wagon, the man pulled out of a private driveway and attempted a left-hand turn onto northbound Indian Hill Road, he said. The Subaru was struck by the front end of a Chevy Tahoe traveling southbound at an estimated 55 mph, Martinez said. The truck hit the driver's side door. A female passenger in the Subaru, also about 80, was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center by ambulance with major injuries, Martinez said. The passenger was subsequently flown by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, he said. The driver of the Tahoe, Joshua W. Newton, 20, of Auburn, was also taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, with what were being termed possible minor injuries. Newton was discharged later in the day, Martinez said. A stretch of Indian Hill Road between Auburn and Newcastle was closed to traffic through the late morning and into early Wednesday afternoon. The names of the man who died and his passenger were not available by press deadline as authorities, including the Placer County Coroner’s Office, attempted to reach relatives of the two. Martinez said indications are that speed was not a factor in the crash. Newton is considered not at fault at this time, he said.