At Least 1 Dead After Car Falls Off Highway Above Azusa, Sparking Brush Fire

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A body was recovered from the scene where a car rolled off the side of a road in the mountains above the San Gabriel Valley Monday evening after firefighters extinguished a small brush fire ignited by the crash.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was on scene around 5:20 p.m. after the vehicle was found off Highway 39, roughly 8 miles north of Azusa along the San Gabriel Reservoir south of East Fork Road, according to California Highway Patrol's incident log.

The vehicle was about 100 feet down the hillside. A witness reported seeing it plunge, officials said.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire sparked by the crash that grew to cover a few acres within an hour, aerial video showed.

Los Angeles County Fire Supervisor Melanie Flores confirmed that a body was found at the location.

Sheriff's deputies were blocking northbound traffic at the base of the hill as a result of the incident, CHP said. It was unclear when the roadway would reopen.

No further details were immediately available.

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