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A white Chevy pickup comes to rest on a tree after it went off Highway 70 this morning and down an embankment. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

CHP identifies individuals in car over embankment

Update 1:30 p.m.: The CHP has identified the driver as Eric Joy, 46, of Portola, and the passenger as Michael Anderson, 30, of Quincy. The CHP said the cause of the incident was inattention and that neither drugs nor alcohol were considered to be factors. Both men were wearing their seat belts.

A white 2005 Chevy pickup left the road at an estimated 50 mph on eastbound Highway 70 on Tuesday morning, Feb. 25. According to the California Highway Patrol, dispatch took the emergency call at 8:24 a.m. about a vehicle that had gone over the embankment. A male driver with major injuries was transported to Renown via Care Flight, and a male passenger was transported with minor injuries via ground ambulance. The California Highway Patrol, Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, and Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District responded to the incident, with Caltrans taking charge of traffic control as traffic was reduced to one lane. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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