Early morning highway rollover leaves one dead

1:57 PM, Jul 14, 2012   |    comments
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SOUTH SACRAMENTO - The driver of a southbound Mercedes was pronounced dead after a solo collision on Highway 99 early Saturday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, witnesses reported erratic driving from the vehicle. The mercedes was seen weaving across lanes and driving on the right shoulder of the highway.

Witnesses said the car then entered the dirt area of the right shoulder where it made side contact with a sound wall. It continued south until it collided with a chain link fence just north of the Elder Creek canal.

At that point, witnesses report that the car became airborne and crashed into a raised portion of the Elder Creek canal. The vehicle flipped over, collided with a second fence and came to rest on its roof.

The car the burst into flames with the driver still inside.

Witnesses attempted to get the driver out of the vehicle but he was reportedly unresponsive.

When emergency crews arrived he was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver's ID was not released and an investigation is ongoing.


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