Authorities are unclear how a California man driving a van on Highway 70 was crushed to death, but they do say that the size of the boulder was extremely large, according to the Contra Costa Times:
The westbound lane of Highway 70 in Plumas County is closed 3.7 miles west of Belden after a boulder fell onto a van near Rodger’s Flat about 3 p.m., killing the driver.
The victim wasn’t immediately identified. There was no one else in the vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Emergency personnel first on the scene performed CPR, but were unable to revive the victim.
The boulder is reportedly about 15 by 20 feet in size and weighs several tons. It heavily damaged the roadway, according to the CHP.
Caltrans said one-way controlled traffic is in place near the accident scene. There is no estimate when the roadway will be completely open.
In many cases, these accidents are rare occurrences, but drivers should be mindful that frequent rainstorms or other weather conditions can loosen rocks on hillsides and make mountain driving more dangerous.
The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident and the roadway in Plumas County in general.
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