Update: Driver pronounced dead in Route 8 crash

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Emergency personnel and a tow truck crew work to tow a car from a wooded area along Route 8 South in Beacon Falls on Monday. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. –CONTRIBUTED

BEACON FALLS — The driver of a 2004 Ford Escape was pronounced dead Monday morning at the scene of a one-car crash on Route 8 South.

State police said the man, who was not identified Monday, veered off the highway and crashed into trees south of exit 24 at about 7 a.m. It was unknown Monday what caused the crash, state police said.

Beacon Hose Co. No. 1 responded to the area but couldn’t find the vehicle, according to the department. At about 7:30 a.m., Beacon Falls police found the car down a wooded ravine between the highway and Lopus Road.

Beacon Hose EMS pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to the department.

He was wearing a seatbelt and the airbags deployed in the Escape, according to state police.

The car was towed from the woods. At about 10:30 a.m., firefighters cut a door off and lifted the dashboard to free the man’s body from the wreck.

The crash is under investigation. State police asked anyone with information on the crash to contact Trooper Benjamin Kores at 203-393-4200.