Driver, passenger injured after fiery collision.
Two people are in the hospital after a fiery car collision in Vista.
It happened on Sunday, August 28 just after 8:30 p.m. A 23-year-old man driving a Scion was heading eastbound on Vista Village Drive with a 20-year-old female passenger. As the Scion came to the intersection of Main Street and Vista Village, it collided with a Ford Mustang.
As a result of the impact, the Scion ran off the road and crashed into a tree and concrete wall. The Scion’s engine caught fire, trapping both occupants inside the car. An active duty U.S. Marine and U.S. Navy Corpsman witnessed the collision’s aftermath and quickly grabbed fire extinguishers from nearby establishments and put out the flames.
Firefighters with the Vista Fire Department were able to rescue the driver and passenger from the wreckage. The driver was airlifted to the hospital with major but non life-threatening injuries. His passenger was transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. The occupants of the Mustang were not injured.
The cause of the collision is under investigation by the Vista Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Unit. At this time, alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be a factor.