Highway 70 reopens after 6 hour closure

Oct 5, 2015 7:46 PM by News Staff

Highway 70 between Palermo Road and Cox Road has reopened after a fatal crash caused a six hour closure Monday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the roadway reopened around 4 p.m. after being closed for nearly six hours.

Witnesses say a Chevrolet Cobalt was driving erratically on Highway 70 when he slammed into a big rig near Power House Hill Road.

The crash happened at 10:12 a.m. and sparked a small fire. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, but the driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene.

CHP Sgt. Al Sanders said the truck driver appeared shaken up, but was not taken for any further medical treatment. The semi sustained major damages.

The identity of the decedent has not been released.

Sanders says it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, but he said the evidence suggests speed was a factor. “We have a 55 mile per hour limit on Highway 70 in this area, there’s a reason for that.”


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