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Tow truck driver killed on Highway 50

A tow truck driver was struck and killed while helping a motorist on westbound Highway 50 west of El Dorado Hills Boulevard during the Monday evening commute.

California Highway Patrol officer Jasper Begay was at the scene, and laid out the preliminary facts of the accident. At approximately 6:25 p.m. the driver of a 1969 school bus/camper conversion broke down on the right shoulder of westbound Highway 50, just east of the county line.

The tow truck driver, 27-year-old Michael Robert Sanders of Auburn, was operating the controls on the left, traffic-facing side of the tow truck when a white box truck in the right lane drifted to the right and struck the left rear corner of the bus at or near full speed, according to Begay. The impact carried the box truck along the left side of the bus and into Sanders, who died at the scene.

The driver of the white box van is a 41-year-old male from Pollock Pines. He suffered moderate injuries. The school bus driver was standing on the shoulder to the right, and suffered only minor injuries. Both were sent by ambulance to U.C. Davis Medical Center.

Officers found no evidence of alcohol at the scene, and have yet to determine the cause of the accident.

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