According to the authorities, five people died in a violent accident involving several cars on Thursday in the Windsor Hills district of Los Angeles, including a pregnant woman and a small child.
Eight people were also injured in the accident at Avenues La Brea and Slauson. The LA County Fire Department responded to the crash just after 1:40 p.m
Officer Franco Pepi, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said Thursday afternoon that three adults, including a pregnant woman, and an infant were killed in the crash.
Authorities later found the remains of another person in one of the burned vehicles, he said. The gender or age of this person was not known as of Thursday evening.
The pregnant woman also lost her unborn child, which the CHP counted as an additional fatality “due to rare circumstances,” Pepi said.
Authorities took eight people to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for treatment, he said. Of those injured, six were youths and one suffered serious injuries.
Surveillance video of the accident shows a Mercedes-Benz hurtling down La Brea at high speed while dozens of cars cross the intersection on Slauson. The Mercedes runs a red light and crashes into cars at the intersection, then bursts into flames and crashes into a traffic light pole, where it comes to a stop.
After the crash, a streak of fire burns on the ground.
Smoke could be seen for miles.
A woman, who asked not to be named, told the Times a Mercedes-Benz hit her car as she was exiting a United Oil service station.
“I got out, got gas,” she said. “All of a sudden this Mercedes comes towards me with … fire. I didn’t have time to think about it. It hit my car. I turned and hit the bench sideways.”
The crash made her fear a gas-powered explosion, she told the Times.
The wrecked Mercedes-Benz crashed into a curb nearby with a smashed bonnet.
Investigators believe the driver of the Mercedes-Benz was responsible for the accident, Pepi said.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but the CHP spokesman said investigators found the Mercedes was traveling “at high speed” and passed a red light on La Brea heading south.
The driver was only identified as a female adult, Pepi said.
The woman was taken to hospital but was conscious and spoke to CHP investigators Thursday night, he said, adding that he didn’t know the extent of her injuries.
At least six vehicles were involved in the accident, three of which burst into flames, Pepi said. The others took moderate damage.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-04/windsor-hills-fiery-crash-kills-multiple-people-pregnant-woman Fifth body found after fiery Windsor Hills crash; victims include infant and pregnant woman