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Video of fiery crash along Campo Road leads to calls for safety measures

Posted at 3:53 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 00:01:49-04

JAMUL, Calif. (KGTV) - Neighbors are calling for more safety measures after surveillance video captured a fiery collision at an intersection in Jamul.

A week ago, just before 5 p.m., Marc Burnett was opening up his off-road racing shop along Campo Road, when he heard it.

"I heard the skid marks hitting, and then I heard the boom," said Burnett.

He ran outside and was greeted by flames.

"I just saw flames in the air. I saw a lot of flames. I saw the guy on the ground. He was on fire," said Burnett.

Burnett raced back inside.

"I got the fire extinguisher, and had to put the motorcycle out -- and him," said Burnett.

Burnett says the motorcycle driver, a man in his 30s, suffered serious burns to his hands and legs, but survived.

"He was very lucky that he survived," said Burnett.

Burnett even more amazed when he looked at his surveillance video.

In it you can see the truck pulling into the intersection from Maxfield Road and stop, before the eastbound motorcycle slams into
the side of the truck, exploding into flames.

"Very scary to see that video. Didn’t know it was that bad until I saw it," said Burnett.

Sadly, it was not unfamiliar.

Burnett, who’s been in the area for more than 15 years, says he’s seen the aftermath of some eight serious accidents at that intersection, including a person killed crossing the road.

"It’s kind of a blind turn ... People coming out where the truck coming out ... It's hard to judge," said Burnett.

Burnett is now lobbying for a traffic light at that intersection, which is often busy with casino traffic.

"Drivers are passing semi trucks on the turn. It's dangerous. If there was a light, people would have to slow down," said Burnett.

The CHP says they investigation into the accident is ongoing.

ABC 10News reached out to county officials about the neighbors' concerns and are waiting to hear back.