One person is dead after a vehicle hit a tree at Plainsburg Road and Mariposa Way, south of Planada, according to the California Highway Patrol.
At approximately 5:15 p.m., a Honda Civic traveling southbound on Plainsburg drove off the roadway and hit a tree in an orchard. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and is being treated for moderate injuries at Mercy Medical Center Merced, according to CHP spokesman Shane Ferreira.
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