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Pickup driver dies in early morning crash in Nevada County

A 32-year-old Grass Valley man died early Friday morning when his pickup truck went off the road and crashed into trees northeast of Nevada City.

The crash occurred at 4:10 a.m. The man, a Nevada City resident, was driving his 2005 GMC pickup eastbound on Cement Hill Road, west of Golden Oaks Court, at a high speed when it traveled off the roadway onto the dirt shoulder, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The truck continued along the shoulder for several feet and struck a large tree, then continued east and hit another tree.

The second tree broke at mid-height and debris from the tree landed on Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines, causing a power outage, CHP officials said. A small vehicle fire also occurred and was extinguished by area residents.

The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

CHP officials said the man was wearing a seat belt and the driver air bag deployed. Neither drug nor alcohol use is believed to have been a factor in the collision, they said.

Cement Hill Road was closed for about two hours due to the crash.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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