04/27/2006

Calif. officers lauded for rescue from burning van

It could have been one of the most tragic car crashes in Santa Cruz County history

By KEN MCLAUGHLIN   
Mercury News

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — On Feb. 2 shortly after 7 p.m., an ex-convict in a stolen sport-utility vehicle plowed head-on into a van carrying two adults and two young children. The SUV caught fire, with flames shooting 30 feet into the air. The family was trapped, and the van appeared about to explode with them inside.

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