Car crashes into South Sacramento home, causes fire

SACRAMENTO - A vehicle crashed into a South Sacramento home Monday night, causing a fire, Sacramento Metro Fire confirmed.

It happened just after 9 p.m. Monday night in the 8900 block of Bridalsmith Drive in South Sacramento.

A Ford Taurus clipped a light pole as it was northbound on Elk Grove-Florin Road, then smashed through three small trees before going airborne at a median on Bridalsmith Way. The car demolished part of a stone wall before continuing on into the house and bursting into flames, according to eyewitnesses.

Firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene and fire officials said crews were able to knock down the fire quickly.

Two male passengers were transported to a local trauma center with burn injuries. A third person in the vehicle fled the scene.

The extent of their injuries are unknown.

Nobody was home at the time, and two dogs were rescued.

Witnesses say the car had been traveling in excess of 70 miles per hour and nearly hit at least two other northbound cars.

"And out of nowhere, I just see a car zoom past us and didn't really have control of the car, probably drunk or intoxicated, and went back here through this, hit the wall and then crashed and caught on fire," said Ricky Barnhart, who was also driving northbound.

Jessica Pangilinan said the driver of the Taurus narrowly missed her car.

"I was like where the middle divider is now when I just saw the flames already there. He just missed hitting me," Pangilinan said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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