Car fires resulting for accidents are an uncommon thing to happen after a crash, but they do occur. One culprit can be the fact that modern cars have a lot of high-tech wiring that can be loosened on impact. This can cause the wires to spark, catching combustible materials that are thrown around during the accident to catch on fire. The most common reason behind post-accident vehicle fires is that combustible liquids like gasoline and motor oil are often released in a crash, which is then ignited by sparks that occur during the crash. Even gasoline vapor can cause a fire to break out post-crash.
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Speigletown Fire crews were called to an early morning fire on Thursday after a car crashed onto the lawn of a house and caught fire. According to the fire chief, the vehicle hit a landmark and flipped over onto the lawn.
Troy Police say that the driver fled the scene on foot after a Good Samaritan bystander pulled him from the vehicle.
MichaelAngelo Forbes lives in the apartment building where the crash occurred. He was awake at the time and rushed outside to help. He pulled the driver from the vehicle, placing him over his shoulder, and ran from the fire. He set the driver down on the lawn and called 911.
When he turned around to check on the driver, he was gone. Fire crews arrived to find the car engulfed in flames.
No one was hurt in the crash, but the New York State Police are searching for the driver.