FREMONT - A man was killed early this morning when his vehicle overturned into water several feet deep near an Interstate 880 off-ramp, the California Highway Patrol said.

Passersby reported seeing a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix four-door that had flipped over about 4 a.m. at the Auto Mall Parkway off ramp from southbound I-880, officer Peter Van Eckhardt said.

That part of the highway has big sweeping curves with open areas in the center, and those are all still flooded because of recent rain, Van Eckhardt said. They found the vehicle submerged in four or five feet of water, he said.

Responding officers found a man inside the vehicle, and he was later declared dead at the scene. It was unclear whether he died of injuries related to the crash or drowning, Van Eckhardt said.

Bay Area roads have been slippery as rains returned overnight, but it was not immediately clear what caused the crash. The off-ramp was shut down for about an hour to allow access for emergency vehicles.



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