Menifee motorist killed after pickup overturns on Ortega Highway

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LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) - A motorist killed when his pickup truck crashed through a guardrail, overturned and caught fire alongside Highway 74 just west of Lake Elsinore was identified today as a 49-year-old Menifee resident. James Trudeau was fatally injured about 7:25 a.m. Sunday in the area of the 74 and North Main Divide Road. Trudeau was at the wheel of a 2001 GMC pickup going westbound at roughly 60 mph when it abruptly veered to the right and plowed through a guardrail on the north side of the two-lane corridor, according to the California Highway Patrol. ``The vehicle went down the steep descending embankment,'' CHP Officer Mike Lassig said. ``The pickup overturned down the embankment, ejecting the victim, causing fatal injuries.'' Lassig said the pickup erupted in flames immediate
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