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Video: Chain-reaction crash in Chula Vista injures 5 people

Posted at 3:20 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-14 11:50:23-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Surveillance video caught the moment a driver caused a fiery chain-reaction crash in a South Bay neighborhood.

Chula Vista Police said five cars were involved in the crash at East Paisley Street and Monserate Avenue just after 6 p.m. Thursday. Five people were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

The crash started when a black truck hit a car, sending that vehicle into a parked car.

The suspect of the black truck kept driving, hitting another car parked in a driveway that was being worked on by two people, knocking them unconscious. That car was sent into a nearby RV, injuring another person.

Video from a resident's surveillance camera showed the truck send one man flying and the car into a concrete pillar, as it overturns and explodes into flames.

"I opened the door, and there was the car, it was on fire," said resident Priscilla Ramirez. "I'm still shaking from everything."

Smoke and flames filled Ramirez's yard.

"I couldn't see my house, smoke and fire, smoke and fire all over my yard, couldn't see anything," Ramirez's brother, Adrian, said. "[Both men] were slurring and they were scared."

The two suspects in the truck fled the scene, before later turning themselves in and receiving treatment for injuries at a hospital.

The two suspects were arrested, but 10News is working to confirm what charges were filed against the pair. Chula Vista Police said they were investigating if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident.