A fatal motor vehicle accident in Redding closed a major roadway for several hours this morning. Police responded to a one car crash on Route 53 by John Reed Middle School shortly after 2am. A heavily damaged vehicle was found on the roadway. The vehicle was travelling southbound when it struck a tree off the shoulder of the road. The lone occupant, a 31-year old Danbury resident, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Route 53 was reopened around 6:45am. The accident remains under investigation.