A 17-year-old Miramonte student walked away from the smoking wreckage of his overturned BMW Tuesday after the car rolled, sheared off a fire hydrant and briefly caught fire.
The accident, reported at 10:05 a.m. in the 400 block of Moraga Way, closed Moraga Way down to a single lane until the artery was re-opened to traffic in all directions at 11:45 a.m.
Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel said the driver was attempting to get to school when the crash occurred. He complained of some pain but was relatively unscathed, according to police.
MOFD firefighters re-secured and capped the hydrant and Orinda police are investigating the cause of the crash.