A man was killed Friday morning in a solo vehicle rollover crash in Riverside and lanes of a major street in the city were closed until further notice.
The crash occurred on Van Buren Boulevard at Victoria Avenue about 2:35 a.m, according to the Riverside Fire Department.
The first firefighters to arrive at the scene found the vehicle “on its roof, in the mud, with major damage,” Incident Commander Tony Perna said.
“It was lying on a (sheared) fire hydrant with copious amounts of water blowing through all four windows,” Perna said. “We were unable to ascertain if anyone was in the vehicle due to the water flow.”
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to open up the vehicle and shut off water to the sheared hydrant, at which time they were able to pull the driver out of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Perna said.
An investigation into the accident was underway and prompted the closure of the southbound lanes of Van Buren Boulevard at Victoria Avenue. The northbound lanes of Van Buren Boulevard are open, the Riverside Police Department said.
Alternate routes include using Dufferin Avenue from Victoria Avenue and Jackson Street or Dufferin Avenue from Victoria Avenue and Myers Street to get around the closure, police said.
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