Man killed in crash off Hwy. 101 near Spring Street in Paso Robles

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A 26-year-old man died Wednesday night following a single-vehicle crash on northbound Highway 101 south of the Spring Street off-ramp, according to the CHP.

The crash happened at about 9:10 p.m., according to a CHP news release. The man was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe north on Highway 101, approaching the Spring Street off-ramp. The car drifted left and partially onto the dirt center divider.

The driver tried to correct the Tahoe back onto the freeway, but lost control of the car, the CHP said. The vehicle then spun clockwise and slid across both lanes of northbound Highway 101 toward the east side of the freeway.

The Tahoe then rolled down a steep embankment and across the railroad tracks below, the agency said. As the vehicle rolled over, the driver, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car.

Firefighters from the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services found the driver about 50 yards away from the vehicle. He died as a result of his injuries, the CHP said.

The CHP said the driver, who has not yet been identified, was the sole person in the car.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, the CHP said.

Additional information was not immediately available.

Wednesday’s collision is the second fatal crash to happen in that area recently.

On July 15, a Good Samaritan was killed and another was seriously injured as they tried to help someone involved in a wrong-way crash on northbound Highway 101 near Spring Street.

The driver who caused the wrong-way crash fled the scene and was found dead in the Salinas riverbed on July 18.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.