Menlo Park: Driver suffers major injuries in crash


A man in his 20s was severely injured in Menlo Park early Sunday morning (April 16) after the vehicle he was driving slammed into a tree and caught fire.

Firefighters responded to 2450 Sand Hill Road at 4:30 a.m. on reports of a vehicle that struck a tree and caught fire, with a victim trapped inside, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Chief Schapelhouman said firefighters located the vehicle and victim just east of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and quickly worked to extinguish the fire and rescue the victim.

The driver suffered from severe burns and extensive trauma as a result of the crash, and had to be extricated using the "Jaws of Life" cutters and spreaders, Chief Schapelhouman said.

He was immediately taken to Stanford Hospital. His status was unavailable.

Information on the identification of the man and cause of the crash has not yet been released.

— Bay City News Service

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