Car Practically Folded in Half after Flying Off Cap City Freeway, Hitting Power Pole

SACRAMENTO -- One person was killed Friday morning in a crash along the Capital City Freeway.

The California Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Witnesses told investigators the car came off the freeway going northbound and hit a power pole along Arden Way.

The car landed on its roof, killing the driver. Investigators believe the driver, identified as 58-year-old Arthur Johnson, was the only person in the car.

The force of the crash folded the car practically in half.

"The was the pole is sheered at the vase and the way the car is crushed suggests nothing more than just speed," CHP spokesman Mike Zerfas said.

Eastbound lanes of Arden Way were closed and the Cap City Freeway only had one lane open as officers investigated the crash. Northbound Cap City traffic was backed up for miles, and a separate, four-vehicle crash in the same direction made things worse for commuters.

SMUD crews will be at the scene for much of the day to repair the power pole, which was left dangling by its wires after the crash.

"The impact was so significant it wouldn’t have mattered if that pole was set yesterday. It would have snapped," SMUD spokesman Chris Capra said. "It would have been a lot of damage and we would have seen the same situation. "