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1 Dead, Traffic Halted After Crash on SR-76 Near Pala Casino

A red Corvette and a tractor-trailer collided and burst into flames on State Route 76 in Pala Thursday, leaving one person dead and the sports car barely recognizable. 

The 1991 Chevrolet Corvette and the tractor-trailer were traveling in opposite directions on SR-76 near Lilac Road when for unknown reasons the sports car drifted across the roadway's double yellow lines and collided head-on with the truck at about 4:40 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Smale said. 

The tractor-trailer immediately burst into flames. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as 52-year-old Sun City resident Jose Solorio, was able to escape on his own and did not sustain any injuries, CHP said. 

The driver of the sports car died at the scene. 

Officer Smale said it was not yet clear if speed was a factor. 

SR-76 was shut down in both directions shortly after the crash. As of 8:30 p.m., all lanes were still closed and would remain closed indefinitely as officers investigate. 

All eastbound SR-76 traffic was being diverted at Pala Mission Road and westbound SR-76 traffic is being turned around at Pauma Reservation Road.

No other information was available.

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