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Collision Claims Life Of Mt. Ranch Man

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The California Highway Patrol reports an 80-year-old Mountain Ranch man is dead after his small car collided with a beer delivery truck Tuesday afternoon on Mountain Ranch Road at lower Michel Road in San Andreas.

The name of the deceased man had not been released by the Calaveras County Coroner as of late Tuesday afternoon.

CHP officers say the elderly man´s Dodge Neon drifted across the center line on a curve and collided head-on with a Coors beer delivery truck from Sonora. Driver of the truck, Andrew Riehl of Jamestown, was not injured.

The accident occurred just after 1 this afternoon. Mt. Ranch Road was closed while the crash was investigated and tow trucks removed the wreckage.

This is the second serious accident on that stretch of roadway in less than 24 hours. Monday afternoon a large truck crossed over the center line, sideswiped a pick-up and hit another pick-up truck head-on, resulting in major injuries.