Man dies after car crashes into tree, bursts into flames


A man who was severely burned in a car crash died Sunday morning. 

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A man severely burned in a car crash died Sunday morning.

The crash happened around 3:47 a.m. Sunday at Telegraph Canyon Road and Heritage Road in Chula Vista.

The driver of the Dodge Challenger crashed into a tree for an unknown reason.

“The patient was pinned in the vehicle and it was engulfed in flames,” said David Albright, battalion chief at the Chula Vista Fire Department.

The man was extricated and sent to the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center where he succumbed to his injuries. He was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time and there were no other injuries.

Officers will investigate the cause of the crash, but firefighters added that area of the road has had problems before with drivers going too fast.

“Speed is an issue on this road and the damage of this vehicle is substantial,” Albright said.

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