An Auburn woman died after her car hit a fallen tree on the shoulder of Highway 49.
Lavinia C. Burge, 48, was southbound on Highway 49 just north of Motherlode Road, halfway between Auburn and Grass Valley, about 2 a.m. Saturday when her vehicle left the roadway, the California Highway Patrol said.
The CHP said Burge’s vehicle hit a fallen tree on the dirt shoulder, causing major damage to her sport-utility vehicle. Burge was pronounced dead at the scene.
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