1 Killed when vehicle plows into sign pole on SB 51

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PHOE NIX -- One man was killed in an early morning single-vehicle wreck on the southbound State Route 51 near Northern Avenue.

It happened shortly before 5:30 a.m.

What appears to be a pickup truck or an SUV plowed into a sign pole off the right side of the roadway, killing the driver. Based on on the damage to the vehicle, it was likley going at fairly fast at the time of the wreck.

All the Department of Public Safety has said is that the driver was an elderly male.

The far right lane was blocked for emergency vehicles, causing some traffic slowing. DPS was able to re-open that lane at about 7:30 a.m