By CBS13 Staff

APPLEGATE (CBS13) – Officers are investigating a deadly freeway crash that happened near the community of Applegate in Placer County, the California Highway Patrol said on Wednesday.

(credit: California Highway Patrol Auburn)

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Auburn area CHP said the crash happened along eastbound I-80. The driver of a Mercedes sedan veered off the right shoulder and down an embankment where they hit a tree.

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The collision with the tree sparked a fire and the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

The driver was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Their identity has not yet been released.

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According to the CHP, the crash did not impact traffic on the freeway