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Car accident leads to grass fire near Highway 99 and 16th Street

Merced Sun-Star photo by Mike North
A CalFire firefighter watches as a car burns near 16th Street and Highway 99.
Merced Sun-Star photo by Mike North A CalFire firefighter watches as a car burns near 16th Street and Highway 99.

Traffic on Highway 99 has returned to normal after a single-car accident prompted a grass fire along the embankment.

According to CHP spokesman John Patterson, a driver went over the curb onto the 16th Street onramp to northbound Highway 99, sparking a fire. The vehicle also caught fire and burned, Patterson said.


Earlier: A collision near the 16th Street onramp to Highway 99 has caused a grass fire on the embankment, slowing traffic to a crawl. No injuries are being reported. The California Highway Patrol is planning to direct traffic in the area.

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