1 dead after fiery crash in Sebastian

SEBASTIAN — An unidentified driver was killed after the vehicle they were in struck a pole, causing the automobile to burst into flames, police said. The fiery wreck blocked northbound U.S. 1 for about five hours Wednesday.

The single-vehicle collision involving a silver four-door sedan happened about 2:30 a.m. on U.S. 1 near Jefferson Street in Sebastian. The sedan crashed into the pole and then landed between two trees, Sebastian Officer Lt. Robert Vafiades said.

Sebastian officers went to the scene and found the sedan “fully engulfed in flames with someone in the driver’s seat,” Vafiades said. There was nobody else in the sedan.

Law enforcement officers closed northbound U.S. 1 in the immediate area of the crash. It was unclear how long it took fire rescue crews to extinguish the flames.

The road was reopened by 7:30 a.m., Vafiades said.

Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the cause of the crash. No further details were immediately available.

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