A motorist and his passenger, both men in their 20s, suffered serious injuries Friday when their sports car slammed into a tree in a residential neighborhood of Mission Viejo, authorities said.
Paramedics and firefighters were dispatched to the scene of the crash at Corsica Road and Ridgemark at 3:57 a.m., said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.
Concialdi said the car hit a tree, went up an embankment and caught fire. Both men were trapped inside the vehicle for a time but, as residents tried to help them out of the burning car, they escaped out of the windows.
The driver suffered burns to 38 percent of his body, mostly to his arms, legs and his right hip, Concialdi said. The passenger suffered burns to 10 percent of his body, mostly to his hands and arms, and a head injury, he said.
Paramedics rushed both men to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Concialdi said.
The cause of the single-vehicle crash was not immediately determined.
—City News Service