1 dead after car runs off Highway 166

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Search-and-rescue crews were called out Friday to help recover a body found in the wreckage of a car that ran off Highway 166 east of Santa Maria.

Emergency personnel were dispatched shortly before 7 a.m. to the area of Rockfront Ranch, which is roughly midway between Santa Maria and New Cuyama, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle was found about 200 feet off Highway 166, and was not visible from the roadway, said Capt. Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The male driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was confirmed dead in the wreckage, Zaniboni said.

The victim’s name was not released pending notification of relatives.

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