San Diego

2 Burned When Vehicle Catches Fire on I-805 Near SR-163

Gas cans were catching on fire and exploding, a fire department spokesperson said

Two people were burned when their car spun out on Interstate 805 caught on fire, prompting a Sig Alert that would last at least an hour, officials said. 

The vehicle was traveling on southbound I-805 near State Route 163 when it spun out for unknown reasons and started to catch fire at about 10:15 a.m., California Highway Patrol said. 

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department arrived to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames. Gas cans were catching on fire and exploding, a spokesperson said. 

The driver and only passenger were able to safely get out of the car but suffered burn injuries. They were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center to be treated. The severity of their injuries were not known. 

The fire was put out within 15 minutes, SDFD said, but all lanes of southbound I-805 were being diverted as crews cleaned up the mess. Drivers were being re-routed to SR-163.

Video of the scene showed what appeared to be a blackened truck being placed onto a tow truck. 

A Sig Alert was issued at 10:30 a.m. and all lanes were reopened just after noon. 

No other information was available.

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