According to reports from Fox 26 Medford News, a woman who was allegedly driving under the influence caused a small brush fire when she wrecked her car in northern California today, a dangerous occurrence when the state is already being wracked by deadly fires.
The incident was reported on Sunday. According to witnesses near the scene of the accident, a 25-year-old Oregon woman was driving at high speeds when she impacted a guardrail, rolling her sport-utility vehicle (SUV) as it left the roadway. The woman was not properly wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle caught fire after impact, causing a small brush fire in the area that authorities were thankfully able to suppress. The Yreka post of the California Highway Patrol, Montague Fire Department, CAL Fire and Mt Shasta Ambulance all responded to the incident.
The woman was treated at the scene and then taken to a local hospital. Representatives from the California Highway Patrol stated that the woman was driving under the influence when the accident occurred, although there has been no report as to whether she is in custody or will be facing charges. The incident is still under investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.