COLTON – The life of a 24-year-old Yucaipa man was spared by CHP officers who pulled him from a burning vehicle after a traffic collision.
On August 1, 2018, at around 3:28 a.m. there was a traffic collision on the westbound 10 freeway transition road to the southbound 215 freeway. The collision involved a 2017 Nissan Altima and a 2006 Lexus ES 330. Authorities said that the two vehicles, for unknown reasons collided. The vehicles then lost control and struck two other vehicles. The force of the collision caused the Lexus to overturn, leaving it on its left side on the right shoulder. The passenger was able to get out of the vehicle, but the driver, Dson B. Woods, 24, of Yucaipa, was unconscious. The vehicle burst into flames which quickly spread.
Uninvolved parties on the freeway stopped and attempted to put out the fire to no avail. CHP officers responded to the scene and spotted Woods through the sunroof of the burning vehicle. The officers ran to the quickly burning vehicle and despite the extreme heat, pulled Woods from the vehicle. Additional emergency responders responded to the scene and rendered aid to all of those injured and extinguished the fire. All were transported to local hospitals with injuries from minor to major.
The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information regarding the collision is encouraged to contact Officer Brassieur at the San Bernardino CHP officer at (909)383-4247.
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