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Driver Seriously Hurt After Vehicle Tumbles Off Road, Ignites Brush Fire in Simi Valley Area: LAFD

A vehicle tumbled off a road and ignited a fire in the Simi Valley area on Sunday, leaving the driver in serious condition, officials said.

The blaze broke out around 5 p.m. east of Rocky Peak Road between Highway 118 and Santa Susana Pass Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A man traveling on Santa Susana Pass Road veered off the street and knocked down a power pole and high-voltage wires, the agency said. After his vehicle caught fire, the driver managed to get out and climb up the hillside.

The Fire Department said a passing Los Angeles police patrol unit spotted the man, who had sustained second and third degree burns to his hands, arms and legs.

Paramedics soon transported him to a nearby hospital.

By 8:45 p.m., fire crews from multiple agencies had contained the flames to 8.64 acres of grass and brush, the Fire Department said.

No structures were damaged in the incident, and no other injuries were reported.

Authorities shut down Highway 118 near Kuehner Drive and Topanga Canyon Boulevard soon after the blaze broke out. The road did not fully reopen until around 9:30 p.m., CHP said.

Santa Susana Pass Road remained closed between Rocky Peak and Iverson roads as firefighters and utility workers worked on clearing the scene, according to the Fire Department.

CHP said motorists should brace for major delays through the night.

Editor’s note: The California Highway Patrol tweeted information about this incident along with an image of a different fire. That photo has been removed from this post.