Officers Rescue Newborn, Toddler and Mother from Burning Wreckage

Two California Highway Patrol officers pulled a young woman and her 9-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son from an SUV moments before it erupted in flames today.

The 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe slammed into a tree on the northbound Costa Mesa (55) Freeway offramp to 17th Street about 3:50 this morning, ejecting 22- year-old Leonardo Morales, who is suspected of driving under the influence with his family in the vehicle, according to CHP Officer Florentino Olivera.

Two CHP officers patrolling the area saw flames at the scene of the crash but were too far down the offramp to respond to the emergency, so they called it in to dispatchers, Olivera said.


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