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      Deadly crash blocks I-5 near Mendota

      MENDOTA, Calif. -- A deadly crash involving a flipped car blocked northbound traffic on Interstate 5 Saturday morning just north of Panoche Junction, California Highway Patrol said.

      Officials from CHP said a vehicle flipped over onto its roof, killing one of the three passengers inside. The other two people were taken to a Fresno-area hospital.

      California Highway Patrol said the crash blocked the first and second lane of I-5 north, backing traffic up for miles.

      At around 12 pm Saturday CHP officials said the roadway was clear.

      (Coalinga) #SigAlert UPDATE I-5 NB JNO Panoche JCT- fatal traffic collision all lanes now open.

      CHP Central Division (@CHPCentralDiv) April 6, 2013

      Crews at the scene of the crash directed traffic to the center divider to navigate around the overturned vehicle.

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