SAN JOSE -- A 40-year-old driver died Saturday afternoon after apparently losing control of his car on a Highway 17 off-ramp at Camden Avenue-San Tomas Expressway and crashing down an embankment.

The San Jose man, whose name has not been released, was declared dead at the scene.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man was driving a maroon 1996 Nissan Maxima southbound on Highway 17 about 4:20 p.m. The speeding car went down a steep dirt-and-grass embankment and rolled over, ended up on its roof on the off-ramp.

Campbell Fire Department personnel pronounced the driver dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.

One lane of southbound Highway 17 was closed for about 20 minutes, and two lanes of the off-ramp were closed for two hours during the investigation of the crash.

Contact Sharon Noguchi at 408-271-3775. Follow her at Twitter.com/NoguchiOnK12.



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