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Landslide believed to have caused fatal Highway 121 crash

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A landslide that occurred Tuesday evening along State Highway 121 in unincorporated Napa County reportedly caused a vehicle crash that killed one person, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The incident was reported at just after 5 p.m. near State Highway 121, also known as Monticello Road, and Wild Horse Valley Road.

The crash involved a vehicle that went down an embankment and struck a tree, according to the CHP.

“The hill is too unstable to retrieve the vehicle and driver,” CHP officials said on social media.

Highway 121 has been closed in both directions between Vichy Avenue and Wooden Valley Road and CHP officials estimate the highway won’t reopen until sometime Wednesday morning. Drivers are being asked to use alternate routes.

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