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Scripps Ranch fatal crash

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SAN DIEGO – A motorist was killed early Friday in a single-vehicle crash on a freeway connector ramp near Scripps Ranch.

A caller told the California Highway Patrol a vehicle struck a light pole  and smashed into a tree along the transition from westbound state Route 52 to northbound Interstate 15 around 1:45 a.m., CHP officials said. The impact downed the pole and sent live wires onto the roadway.

It was not immediately clear if the driver was the vehicle’s sole occupant, but no one involved in the crash was taken to a hospital, according to the CHP and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The transition from westbound state Route 52 to Interstate 15 was closed following the crash, but was reopened shortly before 4:30 a.m.

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