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Driver dies when pickup hits tree in south El Dorado County

The driver of a pickup truck died Monday evening when his vehicle ran off a roadway in south El Dorado County and struck a tree.

The crash occurred about 7:40 p.m. Sgt. John Mueller of the California Highway Patrol said a man believed to be in his 20s or early 30s was driving a 1978 Dodge pickup southbound on Mount Aukum Road when it drifted onto the right shoulder. The driver overcorrected and the truck crossed over the northbound lanes, then struck a large tree.

Mueller said the crash occurred almost in front a Pioneer Fire District station and was witnessed by a firefighter.

Although the driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was wearing a seat belt, Mueller noted that the 1978 pickup had only a lap belt, not a shoulder restraint.

The name of the driver has not been released pending notification of family. He is believed to be from the local area, based on items found at the scene, Mueller said.