Two vehicles in flames after the crash on Interstate 5. Courtesy OnScene.TV

At least nine people were injured, including a child, when at least three vehicles crashed and caught fire on Interstate 5 in National City.

The crash happened around 6:45 p.m. Monday evening on northbound I-5 near Civic Center Drive, the National City Fire Department reported. Three vehicles were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived to the scene.

Seven of the injuries were major, National City Battalion Chief Mark Beveridge told local media. Five of those people were burned, including one child whose age has not yet been released.

The child was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital, while the four adults who were burned were taken to the UC San Diego Medical Center burn unit in Hillcrest, the fire department reported.

Video footage from the scene showed at least two sedans, a small SUV and a pickup truck were involved in the pileup.

The crash closed all northbound I-5 lanes for about 30 minutes. All lanes were reopened around 9:20 p.m.

Heavy traffic made it difficult for firefighters and paramedics to reach the scene, according to the fire department.

— City News Service

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