Vehicle struck by hit-run driver catches fire on Fresno highway ramp

The Fresno BeeMarch 14, 2014 

A vehicle burns on the Highway 180 connector to Highway 41 in Fresno on Friday, March 14, 2014. The occupants reportedly escaped.


A vehicle struck by a hit-and-run driver crashed and caught fire on the Highway 180 connector ramp to Highway 41 in Fresno Friday afternoon.

People in the vehicle were able to escape. Firefighters arrived shortly after 3 p.m. to put out the blaze.

California Highway Patrol Officer Paul Zielke said the blue Mitsubishi Lancer flipped on its side and caught fire after it was hit in the rear by a hit and run driver.

No one was injured in the crash, which happened about 2:50 p.m., but a pregnant woman in her 20s from Fresno who was in the car was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution, Zielke said.

A toddler and man in his 20s, also from Fresno, were in the vehicle when it was hit, Zielke said. There appeared to be no witnesses, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CHP at (559) 441-5441.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6386, or @CarmenGeorge on Twitter.

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