National City Police closed a street near Kimball Park following an overnight crash that ignited a raging, gas-fueled fire outside a city fire station.
The crash a little after midnight involved a teenage driver who fled from a police traffic stop in her family’s SUV. The girl allegedly sped away after being pulled over, stopped to allow two passengers to jump out, and then sped away again, crashing into a electrical transformer just outside National City Fire Department‘s Station 34 on East 16th Street.
News footage showed the SUV on its side with tall flames shooting up as firefighters battled the blaze, which was exacerbated by a ruptured gas line. Officers reportedly reached into the SUV to rescue the girl, who apparently was uninjured but taken to a hospital as a precaution.
The 1400 block to the 1600 block of D Avenue will be closed until roughly 3 p.m. to repair the gas line and transformer, National City police said in a statement. Drivers were asked to avoid the area.
— From Staff and Wire Reports
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