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)

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.

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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