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Single car accident sparks fire in South Temecula, leaves driver deceased


Last updated 8/27/2014 at Noon

This vehicle was headed southbound on Pala/Temecula Road when for an unknown reason, left the road and crashed into a ditch below. The accident caused a brush fire to flare up, killing the driver inside.

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PALA - A crash on a rural road in the far northern reaches of San Diego County killed one person today and sparked a small brush fire, authorities reported.

The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. on Pala Temecula Road, near Rancho Heights Road in Pala, according to the California Highway Patrol. The victim, whose identity was not immediately available, died at the scene.

Ground and airborne crews had the roughly one-acre brush fire extinguished within an hour, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said. The flames posed no structural threats, he said.

On August 27th, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. an elderly man was headed southbound on Pala/Temecula Road, South of the county line. For an unknown reason his vehicle left the road and entered the ditch below. When first responders arrived the gentleman was declared deceased from his injuries as well as the fire. The incident is still under investigation.

If the public has any information regarding the accident please contact the Oceanside CHP.

First responders arrived on the scene to find that the gentleman driving the car was deceased from his injuries as well as the fire. The incident is still under investigation.

Brush fire flares up due to car crash in South Temecula

Pala Temecula Rd is closed northbound at Sycamore due to a fire. The California Highway Patrol is requesting southbound closure at Great Oak High School.

"Details are still coming in, but early reports indicate that there is a vehicle over the side and on fire near Rancho Hts and it has spread to brush," states John Fox, Rez Radio station manger.

The Valley News will update this story as details come in.


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