Lake of the Pines resident Douglas Swasey was killed in the big pileup on I-80 on Friday, the Placer County Sheriff’s office confirmed to me on Saturday.
It is a local tragedy. For years, Swasey and his wife have run Swasey’s Hair salon in Grass Valley.
The crash occurred on I-80′s westbound lanes in the Yuba Gap area, involving multiple vehicles and big rigs. It closed much of I-80.
Law enforcement officers found Swasey, in his late 60s, outside his vehicle. They assumed he had exited it to put chains on or get it free, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
More than a dozen people were transported to the hospital with injuries in the pileup, brought on by trecherous snow and ice.
We offer our prayers and condolences to Mr. Swasey’s family.
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