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Vehicle overturns in canal, killing PG&E worker

A 52-year-old Grass Valley man working for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. died Thursday afternoon when the truck he was driving went off the edge of a narrow roadway and overturned in an irrigation canal.

The man was performing his duties for PG&E in the Hon Creek Ranch area of Yuba County about 12:39 p.m. He was driving a 2014 GMC Sierra when he attempted to make a U-turn on a narrow dirt road adjacent to an irrigation canal. He apparently misjudged the width of the road and backed the vehicle over the edge, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof in the canal. The cab became partially submerged, resulting in fatal injuries to the driver, CHP officials said.

The man’s name has not been released pending notification of family.

In a written statement Thursday evening, PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said, “One of our PG&E family was fatally injured while on the job today in Yuba County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our employee’s family. friends and co-workers. We are gathering details about the accident. However, right now our immediate priority is offering assistance to the employee’s family and co-workers.”

The crash remains under investigation. Neither alcohol nor drugs is believed to have been a factor in the crash, the CHP reported.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy