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Speeding blamed for fatal traffic accident in Lancaster

Map: Approximate location of accident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

Excessive speed appears to have played a role in a single-vehicle traffic crash that injured the male driver and killed the female passenger in Lancaster, authorities said Tuesday.

The accident occurred about 11 p.m. Monday at the corner of Avenue I and 15th Street East when the car ran into a traffic signal pole, shearing off its top, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Lancaster station.

The driver, who was not identified, was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with serious injuries. His passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Preliminary investigations indicated the driver appeared to have “drifted off the roadway and lost control of the vehicle when he reentered the roadway,” according to the statement.

Authorities closed the intersection where the accident occurred for about six hours while the investigation was underway. Officials did not disclose what, if any, charges the driver might face.

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-- Ann M. Simmons in Santa Clarita

Map: Approximate location of accident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

 
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