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1 dead after vehicle crashes, burns north of Maiden Rock

MAIDEN ROCK -- The lone occupant of a compact car was killed late Friday night on a remote, hilly road near Maiden Rock when the vehicle left the pavement, went down a steep embankment and burned.

Once Lund firefighters arrived and extinguished the fully engulfed car, one person was found dead inside.

Pierce County authorities aren't releasing the name of the occupant pending positive identification, according to a news release issued by deputy Chad Koranda.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to at 10:53 p.m. after a dispatcher received a call from someone who had either come upon the crash or heard it, then went looking and discovered the accident and subsequent fire. Radio transmissions indicated the man or woman was then going to return to the scene to try and assist the victim or victims trapped inside.

The crash occurred on 385th Street, just off 375th Street, about one-quarter mile east of CTH A and north of Hwy. 35.

By the time paramedics from Ellsworth and Maiden Rock Ambulance personnel arrived, the car was fully engulfed. The Lund Fire Department arrived minutes later and quickly extinguished the fire.

A single individual was later pronounced dead by medical examiner Sue Dzubay.

A large crane-equipped wrecker from Siewert's Towing, Red Wing, removed the wreckage to a flatbed truck just as heavy rain, winds and lightning swept into the area.

The accident remains under investigation.