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Three die in Highway 50 crash into tree

Three people died Sunday night when their SUV left Highway 50 in El Dorado County and plunged down the side of the roadway into a tree.

The crash occurred about 11:50 p.m. Sunday when the sport-utility vehicle with four people inside was traveling westbound on Highway 50 east of Peavine Ridge Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The SUV failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the roadway and down a steep grade. The vehicle hit a tree and the top of the SUV was ripped off.

A man and two women in the SUV were ejected and died at the scene. The fourth person, a man who had been wearing a seat belt, climbed up the steep embankment and flagged down a motorist for help. He was seriously injured.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews