A man who died this morning when the logging truck he was driving on Highway 50 crashed into the American River has been identified as Steven John Evans (pictured), 50, of Pollock Pines.
The exact cause of death is pending further investigation, according to the El Dorado County Coroner's Office.
The crash was reported about 6:15 a.m. between Kyburz and Whitehall. The rig ended up partially in the water, spilling logs and fuel. The cab of the truck remained out of the river, but the driver was pinned inside the wreckage, said CHP officer Rich Wetzel.
The CHP, CalFire, El Dorado County sheriff's deputies and the coroner responded to the scene. The state Office of Emergency Services and the Department of Fish and Game also responded to check on fuel leakage into the river.
The highway was closed for about two hours while the wreckage was cleared.