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CHP: Man killed in fiery crash on Highway 101 near Laytonville Monday

A man was killed in a solo car crash south of Laytonville Monday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

On Nov. 5 at approximately 2:18 p.m., a BMW X3 was being driven northbound on Highway 101 at an unknown rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, the male driver allowed his vehicle to travel off of the east roadway edge, down an embankment where it collided with a large tree and burst into flames. Several passing drivers stopped at the scene and tried to help the driver out of the BMW but officials said the flames overtook their efforts.

The CHP said when the fire was extinguished, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the driver is unknown at this time and is pending investigation by the Mendocino County Coroner's Office.

Traffic was stopped in both directions briefly, then one way traffic control was conducted as emergency crews worked at the scene.

The CHP is still investigating whether or not alcohol or drugs were a factor, according to a press release.

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