One dead in Echo Summit accident |

One dead in Echo Summit accident

Jeff Munson

One person died in a single-car rollover accident over the weekend on Echo Summit in El Dorado County, authorities report.

The Saturday accident occurred about 6:45 a.m. A passenger in a van, one of seven, died at the scene, said Lake Valley Fire Protection District Battallion Chief Gareth Harris.

None of the accident victims was from the Lake Tahoe area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Three others were transported by CareFlight and CALSTAR to Renown Medical Center in Reno. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

The accident happened in the eastbound lane. According to a CHP report, the van was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed when it tried to negotiate a right curve near the top of the summit. The driver lost control and counter-steered, rolling the van, which then hit a tree. The person who died was partially ejected from the right rear window and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the accident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The identity of the Sacramento-area victim has not been released, pending notification of family. Four of the seven passengers in the van were not wearing seat belts, including the deceased, according to the CHP.

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