A man was killed early Friday when he was hit by a vehicle on eastbound Highway 50 near Zinfandel Drive.
California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Riggin said dispatchers received a report of a man on the highway about 4:30 a.m. Officers responded but could not prevent a vehicle from hitting the man.
The man, who has not been identified, died at the scene. Two other crashes, involving five other vehicles, also occurred in the predawn hour in the wake of the initial fatal collision.
One person was taken to a hospital with a minor injury.