Authorities closed one eastbound lane of Highway 152 on Tuesday morning following a fatal crash west of Los Banos, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Authorities received a report of a white sedan that drove over the side of the road and went down the embankment along eastbound Highway 152, east of Dinosaur Point Road near the Upper Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area just after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to authorities, additional calls were received shortly after the crash reporting a hillside had caught fire.
Officer Shannon Stiers said the car came to rest about 200 feet down the embankment and caught fire. Fire crews responded to the scene and extinguished the vehicle fire as well as a small brush fire near the vehicle, authorities said.
Authorities said the driver was traveling eastbound on Highway 152, west of Upper Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area at an unknown speed and made an unsafe turning movement, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and over the right shoulder down an embankment.
According to Stiers, the driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are working to determine the gender of the driver.
According to the CHP, all lanes of eastbound Highway 152 were reopened later in the day.