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Car near Salton Sea bursts into flames after slamming into rail

July 16, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

SALTON CITY — A car burst into flames and was destroyed after it spun out of control and slammed into guard rails several times.

A press release from the California Highway Patrol stated Eddie Moreno, 30, of Garden Grove was traveling south on Highway 86 just north of Treadwell Boulevard near here with a 16-year-old boy about 3:40 a.m. Sunday.

The press release stated Moreno was traveling about 65 mph. Moreno told investigators he saw an object in the road and swerved to avoid it.

His car then ran off the road into the center divider and struck a guard rail. The car skidded across the southbound lanes and struck a bridge rail on the west edge of a bridge.

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The vehicle continued spinning across southbound lanes and struck another guard rail south of the bridge.

Both occupants exited the vehicle. The vehicle then burst into flames.

Both occupants, who were wearing seat belts, suffered minor injuries. They were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. No arrests were made.

In an unrelated incident, the vehicle of a 73-year-old Yuma woman overturned after she fell asleep behind the wheel.

A press release stated Betty Darbin told investigators she was traveling with a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy south on Highway 86 about two miles north of the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint about 1:30 p.m. Friday when she fell asleep and drifted off to the west edge of the road.

She woke up and tried to swerve back into the lane but overcorrected.

She then lost control of her vehicle and it swerved back onto the highway and over to the west dirt shoulder again, where it overturned, according to the Highway Patrol.

Darbin and the girl suffered minor injuries. They were taken to Pioneers.

All three people in the vehicle were wearing seat belts. No arrests were made.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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