Father pulls children from burning van in DUI crash

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A father and his three children escaped a vehicle fire after a driver crashed into them on the freeway.

It happened just before midnight Saturday. A car was traveling north on Interstate 15 near the Via Rancho Parkway off-ramp, the California Highway Patrol said.

The car rear-ended a van, which was pushed to the right shoulder, the CHP said. The van then burst into flames.

The family inside was able to escape with minor injuries. “Luckily the parties were able to get out of the van before having more serious injuries,” said Ryan Harrison with the CHP.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old Hispanic male, was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested, the CHP said.

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