Crash at California Middle School Kills One

Crash at California Middle School Kills OneOne man was left dead and another injured after a car rolled down an embankment at Marco Forster Middle School in Capistrano, California, resulting in what witnesses called a fiery and "gruesome" scene, the San Juan-Capistrano Patch reports.

According to the news source, the person who received serious injuries was rushed to Mission Hospital, while the other man was pronounced dead at the scene after becoming trapped inside his burning vehicle. The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, and the identity of the two 21-year-old victims has yet to be released.

Local authorities are currently investigating the accident, receiving reports from witnesses that claim the Jeep was traveling at a high speed on Del Obispo Street when it swerved across both lanes of traffic, the news provider stated.

Capistrano Valley Christian School's varsity baseball head coach Justin Schuda was on the Marco Forster fields for practice when he heard the accident.

"I heard tires screeching and almost like an engine revving," Schuda told the Patch, adding that he then looked up towards the road and saw the car crash through a fence and towards the school's maintenance shed. When the car burst into flames, Schuda began running towards the car and called 911.

The fire spread to bushes nearby and grass on the hill, making rescue efforts impossible, Schuda said.

Later in the afternoon, rescue crews managed to pull the burnt car from the embankment, where the driver was still inside. He was pronounced dead in his car by the authorities. Traffic on Del Obispo Street was closed in both directions on one segment of the road for several hours while police investigated the scene.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 232,777 people were injured in traffic accidents in 2009, while another 3,076 deaths were reported in the state.