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Two in critical condition after San Francisquito Canyon Road collision

Posted: December 7, 2012 11:18 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2012 12:06 a.m.

Firefighters investigate the scene of a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road north of Stator Lane in the Angeles National Forest Friday night. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)

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Two people in critical condition were transported to the hospital after a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road on Friday night, officials said.

Two cars collided at 9:42 p.m. on San Francisquito Canyon Road north of Stator Lane, according to spokesman Phil Ulloa of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

One of the vehicles overturned, and another was engulfed in flames, said Officer Anthony Martin of the California Highway Patrol.

The fire did not spread to brush, said Ulloa.

The drivers of each vehicle were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. One was in full cardiac arrest and was transported by ambulance, while the other was carried by helicopter.

At least four passersby came to the aid of the drivers involved in the crash.

“We just pulled up, and the fire was already happening ,” said Devin Buckner, 25, of Valencia, who helped pull a driver, described as a man in his 40s, from the dark car that overturned.

“The one guy was yelling for help, in the car on its side,” said Matthew Lacroix, 22, of Green Valley. “We ran over there with a crowbar, trying to get the windshield apart, and another guy came up and started helping us.”

Attempts to break through the windshield with the crowbar were unsuccessful, Buckner said.

“(Buckner) jumped on top, and we handed him a knife, and he cut the seat belt, pulled him out, dragged him into somebody’s truck,” Lacroix said. “Somebody drove past the fire and put him in his truck to get him away from the flames. It was exploding the whole time.”

“It was vicious,” said Seumas Lofland, 22, of Castaic, of the inferno engulfing the white vehicle.

“I was just reassuring him, telling him everything’s going to be all right,” Buckner said he told the man after pulling him from the driver’s side window. Witnesses estimated the man was pulled about 20 to 30 feet from the burning wreckage.

Buckner’s friend Scott Bowen, of Palmdale, described noises reminiscent of popping ammunition coming from one of the vehicles as it burned.

The female driver of the white car, said to be in her 40s, was unconscious as she was being pulled from the vehicle, witnesses said.

San Francisquito Canyon Road was shut down until about 11 p.m. while CHP officers investigated the crash.

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