A handicapped driver strapped in a wheelchair in his specially equipped van was killed in a freeway crash Friday when rescuers were unable to free him from his bindings.
The California Highway Patrol blamed the crash on another driver who spilled coffee onto her lap and lost control of her car.
The 30-year-old victim, whose name was not immediately released, was trapped inside his van when it was hit by another car on the Santa Ana Freeway shortly after 5 a.m., overturned and burst into flames, CHP Officer Lecia Elvig said.
Trapped in Straps
An off-duty fireman and a truck driver stopped and tried to pull the man from the burning vehicle, but could not free him from the straps binding him to his wheelchair, Elvig said.