Truckee woman, 18, killed in Tuesday morning I-80 head-on crash
December 29, 2009
NEWCASTLE, Calif. and#8212; An 18-year-old Truckee woman was one of two drivers killed in a wrong-way, head-on crash on Interstate 80 early Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol office in Auburn.
CHP officers have a preliminary identification for the woman, but will have to verify it with dental records, according to CHP Officer Dave Montijo. Her vehicle caught fire after the impact and was engulfed in flames at the scene.
The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. just east of Newcastle Road, when Christopher Dann, 21, of Auburn, drove westbound on to the eastbound lanes, according to the CHP.
Visibility was down to a little more than 300 feet at the time due to the fog, according to the CHP accident report.
An initial call came in advising CHP that Dannand#8217;s 1999 Infiniti was traveling the wrong way through Auburn on I-80. Moments later, a report came in that his vehicle had collided head-on with the Truckee womanand#8217;s 2000 Hyundai, killing both drivers.
The Truckee womanand#8217;s passenger, Gregory J. Wessels, 23, of Fountain Valley, was initially taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with major injuries and burns; he was later transferred to the UC Davis Medical Centerand#8217;s burn unit in Sacramento, Montijo said.
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A coronerand#8217;s exam and toxicology report are pending to see if alcohol or drugs were involved, the CHP said. All three people involved were wearing their seat belts, according to the report.