4 young men injured in fiery crash

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EL CAJON, Calif. — Four young men were injured when a minivan crashed and burst into flames in El Cajon Monday night, authorities said.

Around 9:15 p.m., the vehicle crashed into a rock wall in the 1400 block of Avocado Avenue, according to El Cajon Police Lt. Steven Kirk. When Heartland Fire and Rescue crews arrived at the scene, the minivan was fully engulfed.

According to witness reports, the vehicle was speeding in the northbound lanes before it crashed and rolled over multiple times, police said. The occupants — estimated to be in their late teens or early 20s — were ejected from the vehicle and rushed to trauma centers in critical condition.

Officials closed Avocado Avenue between Skywood Drive and East Chase Avenue for an investigation and were not expected to reopen the stretch of road for four to five hours.

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