Vehicle over edge at Caples Dam results in death |

Vehicle over edge at Caples Dam results in death

Alpine County and California authorities are investigating a fatal accident at Caples Lake Dam after a vehicle was found over the embankment.

The vehicle ended up about 25 yards below the dam and the driver was ejected, according to Alpine County Undersheriff Rob Levy.

Levy said no one witnessed the accident when it happened. It was about 5:30 p.m. that someone spotted the vehicle and reported the incident. Levy said the victim was obviously dead.

Rescuers worked to recover the body and the vehicle as snow fell during the evening.

Levy said the identity of the driver had yet to be determined on Monday night. Alpine County will be in charge of the autopsy while the California Highway Patrol is in charge of investigating the accident.

Chains or snow tires are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drive from Silver Lake to east of Woodfords.