ENCINITAS, Calif. - A local woman said she is thankful to be alive after good Samaritans helped save her from her burning car in Encinitas early Sunday morning.
The California Highway Patrol said the incident occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, just after 4 a.m.
Officers told 10News that that a Dodge Caliber and a Volkswagen van collided on the highway, overturning the caliber in the lane.
Another vehicle, a Toyota Camry, then crashed into the van, which was stopped in the middle lanes, and caught fire.
Good Samaritans rushed to the Camry driver's aid, and helped get her out of the burning wreckage.
She credited them with saving her life, saying that without their actions, she would have died.
Officers said the driver of the Caliber ran from the scene, but was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence and hit-and-run.
No one was injured in the crash.