Deadly I-80 Crash Started by Choking on Sandwich

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A truck driver who caused an accident, resulting in two deaths and a fire along I-80 was eating at the time and reportedly choked.

The CHP says the driver of the semi truck was eating a sandwich while driving toward Sacramento, outside Davis. He choked, and passed out, causing him to first veer onto the shoulder, then into traffic, hitting two cars.

He then drove through the center divide, and slammed into a BMW car head-on in the westbound lanes. The BMW exploded on impact, killing the driver and passenger inside.

The semi truck also caught fire, and the driver has burn injuries.

The drivers in the first two cars that were hit were taken to the hospital to be checked out for bumps and bruises.

The eastbound lanes opened back up before 1 p.m. The westbound lanes will remain closed until CHP’s investigation is over, which could take a couple more hours.

Sam Cohen contributed to this report

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