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Primitivo Garcia, of Livermore, was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving after a crash Thursday morning on Interstate 580 that killed the driver of another car.

LIVERMORE -- A Livermore resident was killed and another man is in jail on drunken driving charges following a fiery crash that crippled traffic for hours Thursday on Interstate 580 in Livermore, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Primitivo Garcia, of Livermore, was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving for the 10 a.m. two-car crash near the First Street exit, CHP Officer Steve Creel said.

Police said Garcia was driving with a passenger in his Hummer SUV west on I-580 when he approached a pocket of slowing cars. Traffic slowed from 50 mph to less than 10 mph, but Garcia apparently did not hit the brake, rear-ending a Jeep Cherokee at 50 mph, Creel said.

The Jeep was pushed more than 100 feet, hitting two other vehicles. It then burst into flames that quickly spread to the Hummer.

The driver of the Jeep, 29-year-old Livermore resident Reed Whittaker, was killed. Garcia and his passenger escaped from the burning Hummer and were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police said Garcia failed a sobriety test performed by officers.

At one point, all lanes in both directions of I-580 were closed. All eastbound lanes were back open by noon, as were two lanes in the westbound direction, according to the CHP. All westbound lanes were opened at 2 p.m.

Staff writers Katie Nelson and Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report. David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.