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Fiery, three-car wreck shuts down SR-67

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POWAY (CBS 8/ CNS) - One person was seriously injured and two others sustained minor injuries in a multiple-vehicle crash Monday that closed a highway in Poway.

The fiery crash was reported around 5:25 p.m. on state Route 67 at Poway Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

A black Ford Mustang driving south on the highway made an illegal U-turn to near the intersection of Iron Mountain Road and was struck by a northbound Ford Fusion, said sheriff's Sgt. Minh Nguyen.

A Toyota Highlander heading north struck the Fusion during the initial crash, Nguyen said.

The driver of the Mustang was pulled from the vehicle by a passerby when the car caught on fire, Nguyen said.

The Mustang's driver, a 49-year-old male, sustained a serious injury and was airlifted to Palomar Hospital in Escondido, Nguyen said. His condition was not immediately available.

"All parties here are very lucky given the circumstances. Being broadsided at 55 MPH can very catastrophic. The First responders, EMS, stated that he came across the odor of alcohol coming from the driver. At this time ti is suspected DUI only," said Deputy Lorenzo Ortiz, San Diego County Sheriff's Department. 

Two of the drivers from the other vehicles were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

There was a minor non-injury collision between two vehicles on the southbound side of the highway near the original collision but was unrelated to the crash, Nguyen said.

During the investigation, state Route 67 was closed off from Poway Road to Scripps Poway Parkway in both directions.

State Route 67 reopened at 9:30 p.m.

The Poway Police Department's Traffic Division is conducting the ongoing investigation.

Victims of the crash were taken to Pomerado Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

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