VACAVILLE — A 25-year-old San Francisco man was killed and his 25-year-old passenger was injured Monday after the car he was driving west on Interstate 80 left the road and crashed into a tree.
The car, a rented 2012 Mitsubishi Gallant, did not leave any skid marks before it drove off I-80 just east of the Mason Street off ramp at 8:25 a.m., went down an embankment and slammed into a tree hard enough to knock the engine out of the car. The engine landed approximately 10 feet away.
The driver was declared dead at the scene and his passenger, a woman, was flown via air ambulance to John Muir Medical Center to be treated for moderate injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP closed down one lane 0n I-80 for more than an hour to conduct its investigation, slowing down traffic as far back as Interstate 505. CHP had not yet determined what caused the accident as of Monday afternoon nor had it released the names of the victims.
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