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80-year-old man dies in fiery Mount Hamilton crash

An 80-year-old man from Los Angeles was killed in a fiery crash on Mount Hamilton Road Thursday after getting lost on the winding road, authorities said.

Just after 1 p.m., a man driving a 1994 Buick flagged down another driver going eastbound on Mount Hamilton about a quarter-mile east of Quimby Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ross Lee.

The man said he was lost and looking for a way to get back onto Interstate 680, Lee said. The other driver offered to head there in front to show him the way.

As the Buick began following the first car along the curving road, it suddenly lost control and veered off the roadway, Lee said. The car crashed into a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.

It’s not clear if the man died from the crash or the ensuing flames, Lee said, but he sustained severe burns and was pronounced dead by emergency responders at the scene.

CHP identified him as a resident from the Los Angeles suburb of Montebello; his name will be released pending formal identification by the coroner’s office.

Mount Hamilton was closed down in both directions for about 30 minutes as officers cleared the scene.

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