(BCN) — A fatal traffic collision is causing delays on northbound state Highway 17 near El Rancho Drive in Santa Cruz County on Tuesday morning. The El Rancho Drive off-ramp was closed following the 5:46 a.m. collision.

The California Highway Patrol on Twitter at 7:11 a.m. asked drivers to avoid the area. There was no estimate from the CHP for when the off-ramp would reopen as the wreck is being investigated.

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