Man dies in single-car accident in Atwater

An unidentified man died at the scene of a Monday afternoon single-vehicle accident on Atwater Jordan Road west of Steinberg Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Shane Ferriera, CHP spokesman, said the man's 1992 GMC pickup sustained major left front damage and extensive fire damage in the 2:40 p.m. accident. Ferriera said it is unknown if the man was wearing a seat belt or if alcohol was a factor in the collision.

Ferriera said the man was westbound on Atwater Jordan Road at an unknown speed. For unknown reasons the pickup traveled across the eastbound lane and onto the south dirt shoulder. It went out of control, hitting a tree on the north shoulder and catching fire.

The wreck remains under investigation, Ferriera said.

-- Doane Yawger