A BMW convertible pursued by the CHP on Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada crashes into a California Conservation Corps van and overturns. Two people in the van were hurt and the BMW's driver was killed, May 13, 2013.
SIERRA NEVADA, CA - The driver of a BMW is dead after crashing into a California Conservation Corps van on westbound Interstate 80 near Castle Peak during a Caifornia Highway Patrol pursuit Monday afternoon.
Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol identified the driver as William Orr, 55, from Penn Valley.
According to CHP Officer Pete Mann, about 1:40 p.m., an officer began pursuing a 1989 BMW convertible for reckless driving in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Dutch Flat. Officers reported the BMW was topping speeds over 100 mph.
The driver led the CHP miles up the road to Truckee where the BMW got off the freeway and re-entered I-80 westbound.
Mann said the BMW went into a lane closed for construction and lost control in the area of the Soda Springs off-ramp. The car struck a California Conservation Corps van and overturned.
The driver of the BMW, Orr, was killed and two people in the van were injured, Mann said. Orr was wearing his seatbelt.
One of the injured, a 23-year-old woman from Fresno, was flown by medical helicopter to Renown Hospital in Reno, where she was in stable condition, according to CCC spokesperson Susanne Levitski. The other person was treated at the scene and released.
The CCC members had been working on a freeway landscaping project.
The CHP pursuit began about 1:40 p.m. Westbound I-80 was closed for about an hour, with one lane reopening about 3 p.m. However, about 4:30 p.m., the CHP stopped westbound traffic again and expected the westbound lanes to be closed into the evening.
Drivers were being re-routed from I-80 at Soda Springs to old Highway 40.
News10/KXTV and The Associated Press