Woman loses life in I-80 vehicle accident

Collision occurred Sunday afternoon near Gold Run
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A Sacramento-area couple returning from a day of skiing was involved in a vehicle accident Sunday that resulted in a fatality, according to Officer Chris Nave, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol Gold Run Office.

The accident occurred at 3:02 p.m. March 10 on westbound Interstate 80, east of the Gold Run exit. Nave said the vehicle – a 2013 Ford Explorer – was traveling about 70-80 miles per hour, in the slow lane. While entering a curve in the roadway, the driver appeared to have “straightened out the curve” and subsequently sideswiped two trees and hit a third tree head on.

The passenger, a 35-year-old female from Carmichael, suffered fatal injuries. The 26-year-old male driver, from Sacramento, sustained a broken right arm and lacerations and was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

“It looks like they were up skiing and on the way back they most likely fell asleep,” Nave said. He said there was no indication of alcohol or drugs being involved in the accident and that the incident is still under investigation.

- Martha Garcia