A man is lucky to be alive after crashing his car on the northbound 55 freeway at the 5 freeway in Tustin shortly before 4 A.M. Tuesday. His car crashed through the right shoulder wall and landed on its side before catching fire.
The impact of the crash scattered large chunks of concrete debris in the lanes of the freeway that at least 2 cars hit causing them to stop. The occupants of one of the cars helped the driver of the car that crashed to escape the wreckage before it became fully engulfed in flames.
CHP Officers on patrol spotted the crash from the southbound side of the freeway and quickly turned around at McFadden and arrived to help.
One OCFA Firefighter suffered 2nd degree burns to his hands when molten material from the car dripped on his gloves while he fought the fire. He was taken to OC Global Hospital and is expected to be OK. The driver of the car was also taken by ambulance to the same hospital with serious injuries.
All northbound lanes of the 55 were closed for about 30 minutes as CHP Officers investigated the crash and crews cleared the debris.