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Four People Survive Fiery Jeep Crash on Highway 29 After Bystander Lends a Hand

In another solo-vehicle incident, a 14-year-old suffers major injuries when a car crashes into a hillside on Mt. Saint Helena near the Lake County line.

A driver who fell asleep while headed southbound on Highway 29 around 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning crossed into the northbound lane and crashed his Jeep head-on into a tree near Whitehall Lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.

While the driver and a passenger were trapped inside, the Jeep caught on fire, but a man who saw the crash had a fire extinguisher and was able to put out the flames.

Emergency crews were able to free the trapped people, and the crash is under investigation. The driver suffered moderate injuries and his three passengers escaped with minor injuries.

In an unrelated incident, a 14-year-old passenger suffered major injuries in a Monday afternoon car crash on Mt. Saint Helena near the Lake County line.

According to the CHP, a Nissan Stanza driven by a 24-year-old Santa Rosa man struck the hillside and overturned around 4 p.m. The child, who is from Clearlake, was taken by air to Oakland's Children's Hospital.

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