A driver died in a potentially rain-related, fiery crash on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Irvine Thursday.

A driver apparently lost control of a vehicle about 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes, veered toward the center median and was broadsided by a vehicle at Irvine Center Drive, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Tino Olivera.

The driver who lost control may have been hydroplaning on the slick pavement and could have been going too fast for the weather conditions, Olivera said.

That driver was trapped in the vehicle, which caught fire, and was pronounced dead at the scene, Olivera said.

“People need to slow down,” Olivera said of the rainy driving conditions, explaining that when the roads are wet, motorists must go slower than the maximum speed limit. “Give yourself more time and distance and check the tires, make sure they’re all good.”

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