A man was hospitalized with critical injuries after the vehicle he was driving crashed along the 73 toll road, burst into flames and ignited nearby brush Saturday afternoon, July 24, authorities said.
Orange County firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers found the vehicle on the northbound side of the toll road near the 133 toll road in Irvine just past 5 p.m., OCFA Captain Greg Barta said.
#OCFA units are actively fighting a brush fire on the NB 73 just north of the 133 in @City_of_Irvine. A vehicle fire caught the surrounding brush on fire. All lanes are shut down on the NB 73 at the 133. pic.twitter.com/YGF9nXSfeD
— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) July 25, 2021
What caused the vehicle to crash was not immediately known, but fire from the vehicle spread to nearby brush, burning an acre before firefighters stopped forward progress 40 minutes after arriving, Barta said.
Officials shut down all four lanes of the northbound 73 while battling the blaze, Barta said. Lanes remained closed while firefighters and CHP officials continued to investigate.
A timetable for how long lanes would be shut down was not immediately known.
Source: Orange County Register