UPDATE: Fiery Three-Vehicle Crash in Pleasant Hill Sends Two to Burn Center

July 16, 2017 11:34 am · 6 comments

(by Janis Mara) – A fiery three-car crash in Pleasant Hill sent two people to a burn center Saturday night, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said today.

The driver of a Nissan Altima driving southbound on Interstate 680 near Monument Boulevard swerved to avoid some debris and crashed into a Chevrolet Volt around 8:30 p.m., CHP spokesman Officer Brandon Correia said.

The Volt then crashed into a Volkswagen Jetta, Correia said.

“When the vehicles came to a stop, the Altima burst into flames,” the spokesman said.

Two passengers in the back seat of the Altima suffered burns and were taken to the Bothin Burn Center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, Correia said.

All three vehicles were damaged, but the damage was not major, he said.

All lanes of the highway were shut down for around a half-hour after the crash, according to Correia.

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Bazooka Joe July 16, 2017 at 11:59 AM

That’s too bad, suffering from burns is extremely painful. I hope they recover soon.

JR July 16, 2017 at 12:13 PM

Wishes go out to those injured. Speed kills…
The thinking must be:
“oh cr@p there’s something in the road ahead of me”
“I’m going to avoid it”
“I don’t care who’s next to me, I don’t want to hit that stuff”
“Do it…”
ruin other people’s lives….

LR July 16, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Altima burst into flames and two passengers in the back seat suffered burns. And, “All three vehicles were damaged, but the damage was not major, he said.”? What does he consider major? The Altima was fully engulfed, total loss.

XlibXdem July 16, 2017 at 3:38 PM

How horrible for the passengers burned. Scarry for everyone! Sounds like war: the Japanese car hit the American car which hit the German car.

The BART Experience July 16, 2017 at 4:46 PM

It wasn’t speed, it was debris. No shortage of that on 680/24. Very sad. There are just too many cars on the road with too many big rigs and too many vehicles towing trailers. They build lots of houses but nothing else to let it all.

Pleasant Hill July 17, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Maybe it’s better to hit debris than to swerve into another car. A wrecked car and some bruises would have been better than a burned car and burned passengers.

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