One person died and another was critically injured when their vehicle was rear-ended Thursday afternoon on Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills.
The crash occurred about 2:50 p.m. on westbound Highway 50, about a half-mile east of El Dorado Hills Boulevard.
Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the California Highway Patrol said a couple in a silver 2014 Honda Civic were in the slow lane, traveling about 20 mph with their emergency flashers on, when a maroon 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup struck the rear of their vehicle. Cuthbertson said the passenger, a woman, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the Honda, a man, suffered critical injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
The driver and sole occupant of the pickup sustained minor injuries.
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Names of those involved in the crash have not been released.
Partial lane closures were in effect on westbound Highway 50 until about 5 p.m.