NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal crash downtown.

According to police spokesperson Lt. Scott Carola, the single-car rollover crash occurred on Route 18 at the "s"-curve near Walnut Street. The crash occurred at around 5:30 a.m. Carola confirmed that the lone occupant of the vehicle was deceased.

Carola said southbound traffic will be seriously impeded, and those traveling through the area are advised to seek alternate routes to the South End, such as County Street or Macarthur Drive.

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