SIERRA NEVADA, CA - The driver of a BMWis dead after crashing into a California Conservation Corps van on westbound Interstate 80 near Castle Peak during aCaifornia Highway Patrol pursuit Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol identified the driver as William Orr, 55, from Penn Valley.

According to CHP OfficerPete Mann, about 1:40 p.m.,an officer began pursuing a1989 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.

Thedriver led the CHP miles up the road toTruckee 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, waskilled 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 beganabout 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.

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