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At least 1 dead after car slams into pole off I-8

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Posted at 5:39 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 09:41:01-05

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A car crashed into a power pole off interstate 8 in La Mesa and burst into flames, killing at least one person, the California Highway Patrol said Monday.

The incident was reported just after 5 a.m. on eastbound I-8 near Jackson Drive, according to the CHP.

Details on what led to the single-vehicle crash were not immediately released, but the CHP said officers responded to the incident and found the vehicle fully engulfed off the slow lane.

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Dispatchers said at least one person was declared dead as a result of the crash and subsequent fire. It is unknown if the deceased person was the driver or a passenger.

The crash and emergency response forced the closure of multiple eastbound I-8 lanes during the early start of the morning commute.