Fiery car crash sends two to hospital

A fiery three-car crash in Pleasant Hill sent two people to a burn center Saturday night, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said today.

The driver of a Nissan Altima driving southbound on Interstate 680 near Monument Boulevard swerved to avoid some debris and crashed into a Chevrolet Volt around 8:30 p.m., CHP spokesman Officer Brandon Correia said.

The Volt then crashed into a Volkswagen Jetta, according to Correia. He said:

“When the vehicles came to a stop, the Altima burst into flames.”

Two passengers in the back seat of the Altima suffered burns and were taken to the Bothin Burn Center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, Correia said.

All three vehicles were damaged, but the damage was not major, he said.

All lanes of the highway were shut down for around a half-hour after the crash, according to Correia.