PALMDALE — A 36-year-old Lancaster man driving a minivan was ejected and fatally injured Friday morning when the vehicle careened off the Angeles Forest Highway.

Emilio Alvarez was behind the wheel of the 2007 Chevrolet Uplander, when he failed to negotiate a right curve and lost control of the minivan, the CHP reported.

“As a result, the vehicle left the east side of the roadway and overturned several times as it traveled down a steep embankment,” according to a CHP statement. “During the overturn sequence, Mr. Alvarez was ejected and sustained fatal injuries.”

The single-vehicle crash was reported around 6:30 a.m. “about a mile south of Mill Creek Summit” on Angeles Forest Highway, in the Angeles Crest area, according to CHP and Capt. Jason Toshack of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Acton station. Firefighters reached Alvarez and found him deceased, Toshack told the Antelope Valley Press.

No other passengers or injuries were reported.

Angeles Forest Highway was closed for several hours — from 6:30 a.m. to about noon — while the crash was investigated, said CHP officer Dion Conley.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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