PASSERBY PULLS DRIVER FROM VEHICLE FIRE AFTER CRASH ON HIGHWAY 67

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By Miriam Raftery

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December 6, 2016 (Poway) — The driver of a black Ford Mustang made an illegal U-turn on State Route 67 near Iron Mountain Road and was struck by two northbound vehicles, a Ford Fusion and a Toyota Highlander,  yesterday at 5:24 p.m. , California Highway Patrol reports.  The Mustang caught fire and a passerby pulled the driver from the flaming vehicle.

The Mustang driver sustained serious injury and was air-lifted to Palomar Hospital in Escondido. Drivers of the other two vehicles were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

A separate, non-injury collision between two unrelated vehicles also occurred on the southbound side of the highway near the original collision. 

Caltrans, California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, Poway Fire Department and Ramona Fire Department also responded to the collision. State Route 67 was opened up at 9:30 p.m. for all traffic. The Poway Traffic Division is conducting the ongoing investigation.