Triplicate Staff

A Crescent City man who died Saturday after his van struck a redwood tree on U.S. Highway 199 north of Walker Road has been identified.

Anthony Pate, 57, was driving his 2002 Dodge Caravan south around 11:45 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree, California Highway Patrol stated.

Pate was removed from the van by passersby before the van became fully engulfed in flames, CHP stated.

The CHP responded to the incident along with the Crescent Fire Protection District, Smith River Fire Protection District, Del Norte Ambulance, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office.