A car fire on the 5 freeway south just south of Carmenita Rd. left 1 male driver stranded just after 3:00 am. After speaking to the driver he explained the car was stuck in 1st gear and thought he could make it to Orange County from Los Angeles. He heard parts coming off of the car and immediately after saw smoke and flames coming from under the hood. The disabled man managed to get safely out of the flaming car and back to safety. Santa Fe Springs Fire was able to respond quickly and put the fire out. CHP is on scene handling.