Car veers off road, sparks small brush fire in Descanso

A driver who drove down an embankment and smashed into a tree sparked a small brush fire in a rural area of Descanso early Friday morning.

The crash occurred on Japatul Valley Road, near Bell Bluff Truck Trail, at about 1 a.m.

According to California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire officials, the car was traveling west on Japatul when it went off the road, down an embankment and hit the tree. The car caught fire and sparked a half-acre brush fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and caused no damage.

The driver escaped the flames, went home and called 911, officials said. The extent of his injuries was not confirmed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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