1 dead after car veers off road, catches fire

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EL CAJON — At least one person was killed when a vehicle went off a road east of El Cajon, landed in a backyard and caught fire, authorities said Monday.

The accident was reported at 8:41 p.m. Sunday on La Cresta Boulevard at Mountain View Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An officer at the scene described the vehicle as a small compact that was half its original size due to the damage.

The roadway was closed to accommodate emergency equipment and the investigation, the CHP said.