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Local : One Killed in Rash of Traffic Accidents as Rain Hits County

From Times Staff and Wire reports

At least one person was killed in a late-morning Mission Viejo traffic collision, one of a score of accidents that occurred on rain-soaked streets throughout Orange County as a short-lived storm system blew through the area today.

About half an inch of rain was expected from the storm, which began about 8:30 a.m. and caused daytime temperatures to drop to the middle 50s, said Ken Smith, a meteorologist for WeatherData, which provides forecasting for The Times.

The rainstorm was expected to clear out of the Southland by evening, Smith said. With it, temperatures were expected to rise into the middle to upper 60s.

The California Highway Patrol reported that officers were called to investigate more than 20 accidents before 10 a.m. Most of them were fender-benders, CHP Officer Linda Burrus said.

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But a traffic accident at Alicia and Santa Margarita parkways in Mission Viejo left at least one person dead. No further details were immediately available, Burrus said.

In addition, an injured man was trapped in his car after he apparently struck a utility pole on Santiago Canyon Road near Jamboree Road, Burrus said.

Rescuers’ efforts to free the man were hampered by live electrical wires, which lay on top of the wrecked car, Burrus said.

There were no immediate reports of flooding.

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