Emergency personnel experienced a few frightening moments Tuesday when they thought a baby had been ejected from a car during a single-vehicle crash.
The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. on westbound Interstate 80 near Old Davis Road, where a red sport-utility vehicle ran off the side of the freeway, struck a tree and caught on fire, Davis Fire Department spokeswoman Evelyn George said.
As emergency crews extricated the male driver from the wreckage, they spotted an infant’s car seat that had been thrown from the SUV and searched the area for a baby, George said. They later learned that the driver was the vehicle’s only occupant.
The driver, whose name was not available, was flown by air ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento following the crash, which occupied fire crews from all three Davis fire stations as well as the UCD Fire Department, George said.