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Vehicle hauling pool chemicals strikes tree, bursts into flames in Poway

A vehicle carrying chlorine and other chemicals burst into flames, prompting the brief evacuation of three nearby homes, after its driver suffered an apparent medical condition and crashed into a tree early Tuesday morning in Poway, authorities said.

The single-vehicle crash happened minutes before 6 a.m. at Espola and Trailwind roads, Deputy Adrian Morilla of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Poway substation said in a news release.

The vehicle, which was carrying liquid and powdered chlorine and hydrochloric acid, “immediately … went up in flames,” Morilla said. The 71-year-old driver was able to extricate himself from the wreckage before emergency personnel arrived.

Paramedics later took the man to UC San Diego Medical Center in San Diego, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit, Morilla said. That hospital has the area’s only burn center, though it was unclear Tuesday night what kind of injuries he suffered.

As Poway Fire Department crews battled the flames, sheriff’s deputies preemptively evacuated three homes on nearby Cumberland Drive because of the chemicals, Morilla said. The evacuations lasted about an hour.

A San Diego County hazardous materials team responded to the scene to deal with the chemicals, Morilla said. Sheriff’s officials said the crash and investigation, which is being conducted by the Poway Substation Traffic Division, has caused road closures in the area.

Anyone with information related to the investigation was asked to call Morilla, traffic warden, at (858) 513-2800.

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