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Rancho Cordova man killed in I-80 truck crash in Vallejo

Published: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 - 11:58 pm

A Rancho Cordova man was killed and a Sacramento man injured early Monday morning when their truck crashed on Interstate 80 in Vallejo.

Adrian Aponte, 19, a passenger in the 2012 Freightliner two-axle box truck was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported at 3:24 a.m., according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The driver, 24-year-old Hilario C. Ramirez, sustained minor injuries.

The truck was westbound on I-80 just west of Redwood Road in the No. 3 lane, when Ramirez allowed the truck to drift to the right and leave the roadway. The truck hit two eucalyptus trees on the dirt shoulder.

The CHP reported that Aponte was not wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred and was ejected from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ramirez was taken by ambulance to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield for treatment.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been factors in the crash, which is under investigation, according to the CHP.

The crash ruptured one of the truck’s fuel tanks. Sixty to 80 gallons of diesel spilled onto the dirt shoulder, requiring cleanup by hazardous materials crew.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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