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Driver killed in rollover crash on Angeles Crest

August 13, 2011|By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com

A driver was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle wreck on Angeles Crest Highway, some 15 miles above La Cañada Flintridge. The crash occurred near highway mile marker 39, a few miles northeast of Angeles Forest Highway, Sgt. Kim Shelton of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station said. “It was a single-vehicle rollover and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene,” Shelton said. Further details about the wreck, under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, were not immediately available. In June three people died in separate single-vehicle crashes on the portion of Angeles Crest below Angeles Forest Highway, a winding seven-mile stretch that reopened June 3 after being closed nearly 17 months for repairs. State transportation officials have launched an investigation into those deaths, which the California Highway Patrol had attributed to excessive speed and, in one case, drunk driving. During its investigation of the lower portion of Angeles Crest, Caltrans will evaluate signage, traffic volume and enforcement. The CHP has intensified traffic enforcement efforts along the roadway since its reopening, especially on weekends. Officers patrolling Angeles Crest on July 30 and 31 cited 60 drivers for excessive speed and other offenses.

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