An accident this morning on the Crescent Grade on Highway 89 resulted in the death of the driver, whose name has not yet been released.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of an empty Kenworth Log Truck was traveling approximately 50-55 mph northbound on Highway 89, on the north side of the Crescent Grade today, Jan. 28, at approximately 8:42 a.m . For unknown circumstances, the driver allowed the Kenworth log truck to drive off the roadway onto the east shoulder of the highway. The Kenworth drove onto the east shoulder and collided into a dirt embankment. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to assist with the collision. The driver was declared deceased on scene, by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Both directions of Highway 89 were reduced to one-way traffic control for approximately four hours to facilitate the on-scene collision investigation. The exact cause of the collision is not yet known and the incident remains under investigation.
The identity of the driver is not being released at this time until next of kin has been notified. If any member of the public has information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (530) 283-1100.