Fatal Car Crash Sparks Crockett Grass Fire

CROCKETT (CBS 5) — One person was killed when a car hit a power pole Thursday afternoon, sparking lines that set off a grass fire that was visible from the Carquinez Bridge.

The 12:51 p.m. crash was originally reported as a car fire, according to CHP Officer S. Cakebread.

Arriving on the scene, Cakebread said officers found the burning vehicle crashed into a pole at Winslow and Pomona streets.

One fatality resulted from the crash, as did the fire, Swanson said.

Regional park firefighters got the blaze under control by approximately 2:45 p.m. with assistance from the Crockett Fire Department, the Contra Costa Fire Protection District, and a helicopter from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Swanson said.

The fire did not cause any injuries, Swanson said.

The cause of the fatal vehicle crash is under investigation.

Swanson said that fire personnel will be monitoring the grassy area into the evening.

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