Fiery Southern California crash kills 5, including baby

Fiery Southern California crash kills 5, including baby


A speeding car ran a red light and plowed into cars in a crowded intersection Thursday in a fiery crash that killed five people, including a baby, just outside of Los Angeles, authorities said.Shortly after 1:30 pm, a Mercedes-Benz sedan caused a crash involving as many as six cars near a gas station in the unincorporated Windsor Hills about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of downtown LA, according to the California Highway Patrol. Several people were flung from the cars and two vehicles caught fire. Television reports showed the blackened and mangled cars, as well as a child’s car seat among the debris covering the street. Video showed the Mercedes careening through an intersection, striking at least two cars that exploded in flames and were sent hurtling onto a sidewalk, winding up against the gas station’s corner sign. A fiery streak led to one car. One vehicle was torn in half.The car was doing at least 50 mph (80 kph) as it raced through the crowded intersection, CHP Officer Franco Pepi said.The CHP initially said that three adults, including one who was pregnant, and a baby they were killed. However, another body was later found inside one of the burned cars, Pepi said at an evening news conference. Pepi said eight people were taken to the hospital, including the 40-year-old woman who was driving the Mercedes. She had major injuries. The other victims had minor injuries and included a 33-year-old woman and six children ranging in age from 13 months old to 15 years old, Pepi said.

A speeding car ran a red light and plowed into cars in a crowded intersection Thursday in a fiery crash that killed five people, including a baby, just outside of Los Angeles, authorities said.

Shortly after 1:30 pm, a Mercedes-Benz sedan caused a crash involving as many as six cars near a gas station in the unincorporated Windsor Hills about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of downtown LA, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Several people were flung from the cars and two vehicles caught fire. Television reports showed the blackened and mangled cars, as well as a child’s car seat among the debris covering the street.

Video showed the Mercedes careening through an intersection, striking at least two cars that exploded in flames and were sent hurtling onto a sidewalk, winding up against the gas station’s corner sign. A fiery streak led to one car. One vehicle was torn in half.

The car was doing at least 50 mph (80 kph) as it raced through the crowded intersection, CHP Officer Franco Pepi said.

The CHP initially said that three adults, including one who was pregnant, and a baby were killed. However, another body was later found inside one of the burned cars, Pepi said at an evening news conference.

Pepi said eight people were taken to the hospital, including the 40-year-old woman who was driving the Mercedes. She had major injuries.

The other victims had minor injuries and included a 33-year-old woman and six children ranging in age from 13 months old to 15 years old, Pepi said.

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