Fiery crash in Menlo Park sends 5 people to hospital

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A fiery multi-vehicle crash in Menlo Park sent five people to the hospital early Sunday morning. 

At approximately 12:28 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at Santa Cruz Avenue and El Camino Real. 

Firefighters arrived at the scene within minutes and found that a four-door SUV truck had apparently struck a two-door Buick Riviera with four occupants inside. 

The small SUV then crashed into a traffic pole. The victim, a man in his 30s or 40s, was transported to Stanford Hospital with reported head and upper body injuries. 

The Buick Riviera had extensive rear-end damage as a result of the crash and its fuel tank was punctured which caused it to catch on fire. 

The vehicle came to a rest in front of the Mattress Firm Store, with the four occupants trapped inside. 

The victims, two men and two women, reported they tried to escape the burning vehicle but the doors were jammed shut by the collision, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District said. 

They were still trapped inside the truck as it started to fill with smoke. 

The victims kicked and pounded on the drivers’ side door until they were able to make it out. 

The four escaped just before the interior of the vehicle caught fire. 

Two of the victims sustained second-degree burns and other injuries. They were taken to the hospital.  

The other two victims were driven to the hospital by an acquaintance. 

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