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Mechanical problems appear to be the cause of a crash involving a minivan with 7 occupants in the Gold Run area of Interstate 80 Sunday afternoon. On December 29, at 4:45 PM, a westbound Chevrolet Astro Van, was involved in a two vehicle traffic collision resulting in fatal injuries in one of the occupants.
CHP Dispatch began receiving 911 calls from an occupant inside the Chevy Astrovan which was traveling on I-80 W/B east of the Gold Run / Sawmill Road Off Ramp claiming to have mechanical issues with their vehicle. The Occupant advised they could not stop or slow the vehicle. The driver exited the freeway and continued westbound on Gold Run Road at speeds between 50 to 60 mph. West of the Magra Road Over Crossing, Gold Run Road dead ends.
At the dead end portion of Gold Run Road, a silver Volkswagon Jetta was turning around. As the Chevy Astrovan approached the end of the road, it collided into the left rear of the Volkswagon Jetta. The Chevy continued in a northerly direction onto an unmaintained dirt road. The right front of the Chevy struck a tree on the northeast portion of the dirt road and the Chevy spun counter clockwise and landed on a lower unmaintained dirt road. The vehicle then burst into flames. Gold Run Officer Tim Brown was the first on the scene.
There were seven occupants in the vehicle. One sustained moderate injuries and was life flighted to Sutter Roseville. Another passenger sustained moderate injuries and was life flighted to Mercy San Juan Hospital.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation. It appears alcohol and/or drugs were not a factor in this traffic collision.