A woman was killed and a Rocklin man suffered minor injuries Thursday in an early-morning crash on eastbound Interstate 80, east of Reed Avenue, in West Sacramento.
The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene shortly after 2 a.m. and found a Mercedes Benz E350 and a 2003 Saturn Ion blocking the roadway. An approximately 30-year-old woman was trapped and had to be extricated from the Saturn, which sustained major damage to the right front, according to a CHP news release. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released pending confirmation of her identity and notification of family.
The driver of the Mercedes, identified as Koffi Francis Desouza, 66, of Rocklin, suffered minor injuries and declined medical aid at the scene, according to the CHP. His vehicle sustained major damage to the right front.
Officers determined that the Mercedes and Saturn collided head on. CHP officials said it is unclear whether the Saturn was traveling in the wrong direction on eastbound I-80 or had become disabled in the roadway facing the wrong way. It also has not been determined whether the rainy weather, or alcohol or drugs, were factors in the collision.
Eastbound I-80 was closed from approximately an hour because of the collision.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to call the Woodland CHP office at (530) 662-4685.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.