Video: Car flies off downtown L.A. overpass, bursts into flames

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A driver was critically injured when he drove his car off a downtown Los Angeles overpass late Thursday night.

The incident occurred about 10:49 p.m. on Sixth Street above the 110 Freeway and was captured on video.

Cellphone footage from a witness below the overpass shows a black Mercedes-Benz crashing through a guard rail and plummeting to an embankment below.

The driver, a 48-year-old man, was trapped inside the vehicle after it overturned and caught fire, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart stated in a news alert.

Bystanders and California Highway Patrol officers tried to get the driver out of the car but were unable to because of the flames.

“I was trying to pull him out … he was trapped inside,” Fernindo Salazar said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene a short time later and were able douse the flames and extricate driver.

The unidentified man was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, Stewart stated.

There was no word on what may have caused the crash.

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