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Montemalaga Drive Closed After Car Fire

A single-vehicle collision results in the closure of Montemalaga Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Montemalaga Drive was temporarily closed between the border of Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Estates to the west and Silver Spur Road to the east Tuesday afternoon due to a single-car crash, according to a notice sent by the city of Rancho Palos Verdes.

The collision, which occurred at about 2:40 p.m., resulted in a vehicle fire, according to city staff.

According to Patch reader Lindsey Martin, who said she lives near the scene of the collision, a black Mercedes hit a cement post in front of a home and flipped over, catching fire.

"Some Edison workers nearby ran to the burning car and used a shovel to break the window and pull the driver out," she wrote. "Less than a minute later, the car was completely in flames."

Martin also said she saw "several small explosions" before Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene.

No fatalities were reported.

Lindsey Martin September 26, 2012 at 03:55 AM
This accident happened very close to my house. A black Mercedes hit a cement post/mailbox in front of a house and flipped upside down and caught fire. Some Edison workers nearby ran to the burning car and used a shovel to break the window and pull the driver out. Less than a minute later the car was completely in flames and had several small explosions...all before any emergency crews arrived. T
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Wow, Lindsey! That must have been scary—thanks for sharing. I tried to get over there to see if I could get more info, but other things came up.
Peter Michel September 26, 2012 at 01:26 PM
About 25+ years ago, those two heavy cement block brick cement posts were put in for the same reason to stop speeding cars racing down the street.
Stephanie Tellez September 26, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I believe that the quick actions of the the Edison crew should be commended, that was very courageous.
Los Drew Arenas September 26, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I was one of the men , helping pull the lady out of the burning vehical , the workers out there helping were Traffic Management & Henkels & mccoy ..my co worker Kevin hubbert knew what to do ,thank god for him being out there with us
Lindsey Martin September 26, 2012 at 08:10 PM
You men were all heros! That woman would have died if it weren't for all of you, that was very brave since you could have been injured by the fire as well. God bless you all for your courage!
Los Drew Arenas September 27, 2012 at 01:48 AM
By the way....they seriously need to put speed bumps on that road ...motorist are always speeding on monte malaga dr ...
Peter Michel September 27, 2012 at 07:38 AM
The speeding has been going on for the last 25+ years. This is nothing new. People just need to SLOW DOWN.

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