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Fatal vehicle fire on I-80 slows traffic near Antelope Road near Citrus Heights, CHP says

Traffic is congested on eastbound Interstate 80 near Antelope Road in Citrus Heights after a fatal vehicle fire closed the slow lane Monday, July 8, 2019.
Traffic is congested on eastbound Interstate 80 near Antelope Road in Citrus Heights after a fatal vehicle fire closed the slow lane Monday, July 8, 2019.

A fatal vehicle fire has slowed eastbound Interstate 80 traffic Monday morning near Citrus Heights, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP responded to the incident just after 5:15 a.m., receiving reports of debris and brush on fire along the right shoulder of eastbound I-80 near Antelope Road, according to the CHP’s incident log.

By 5:45 a.m., the incident log showed the incident as a fatal car fire. It was not immediately clear how many fatalities were reported.

Multiple lanes were closed temporarily before 6 a.m., and the slow lane of traffic remained until just after 8 a.m., according to CHP and Caltrans.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.

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