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.
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.READ MORE: Longtime Colusa County Almond Farmer Bill Vann, Wife Among 4 Killed In Helicopter Crash
The collision with the tree sparked a fire and the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.READ MORE: Winds Whip Up 50-Foot Flames In Wildfire Near Grass Valley
The driver was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Their identity has not yet been released.MORE NEWS: Search On For Woman, 40, Last Seen Near Garcia Bend Park
According to the CHP, the crash did not impact traffic on the freeway