Sonoma man escapes serious injury in fiery Napa Road crash
Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 8:48 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 8:48 a.m.
Motorists confronting dense smoke on Napa Road outside Sonoma on Thursday afternoon were caught in the aftermath of a solo-vehicle crash that started a small fire, the CHP said Friday.
The 3:10 p.m. blaze resulted when a westbound car driven by Sonoma resident Ryan Thomas Towan veered off the road into a drainage ditch and came to a stop against a utility pole, where it burst into flames, the CHP said.
The ensuing wildfire charred about an acre of land on the north side of Napa Road west of Arrowhead Mountain Road and snarled traffic in both directions, CHP Officer Jake Ramos said.
Towan, 26, escaped his 2001 Mazda Protégé before it erupted in flames, Ramos said.
He suffered only minor injuries in the crash, Ramos said.
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