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Police: Wrong-way driver killed after hitting pole in Citrus Heights

A fatal collision at Auburn Boulevard and Van Maren Lane shut down traffic Saturday morning in Citrus Heights. // M. Hazlip

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Auburn Boulevard at Van Maren Lane was shut down by police Saturday morning after a sedan collided with a traffic signal pole at the intersection.

Police Lt. Wesley Herman said the solo vehicle collision was reported around 7:45 a.m., with responding officers locating a deceased adult male driver and two adult passengers. The passengers were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“We were able to determine the driver was driving the wrong way on Auburn Blvd immediately prior to the collision,” Herman said, noting the vehicle was also travelling at a high rate of speed. He said intoxication may be a factor as well, pending a toxicology report.

As of 10 a.m., police said the intersection was expected to be closed for 5-6 hours to allow for a thorough investigation. The identity of the man who was killed in the collision has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

An attendant at an election drop box at Sylvan Oaks Library said vote-by-mail drop-offs had slowed Saturday morning due to the nearby roadway closure. Alternate drop-off locations are located at City Hall and Raley’s.

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