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Crash on Angeles Crest Highway kills at least one [Updated]

August 13, 2011 | 10:12 pm

A car plunged from the roadway on Angeles Crest Highway on Saturday afternoon, killing at least one person, the California Highway Patrol said.

It was at least the fourth fatality in a single-vehicle accident on the steep, winding mountain route since the highway reopened in late May. Three accidents occurred in June within a three-week period; CHP officers blamed excessive speed.

In Saturday's crash, reported to the CHP shortly after 2 p.m., the driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed and overturned, said Officer Anthony Martin. The cause of the accident wasn't immediately determined.

CHP officers were still on the scene and hadn't yet reported back details of the person killed or whether there were passengers or injuries, Martin said.

[Updated at 9:45 p.m. The victim was an 18-year-old Bellflower man, who the CHP said was traveling at normal speed of about 45 mph when his car failed to make a turn, crashed into the side of the mountain, flipped onto the hood and slid 70 feet. He sustained major head injuries. His identity wasn't released. He was the only person in the car.] 

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-- Carol J. Williams

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