Five people, including a pregnant woman and a baby, were killed in a multi-car fire in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills on Thursday, authorities said.
Eight people were also injured in the crash at La Brea and Slauson avenues. Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the crash just after 1:40 p.m.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Franco Pepi said Thursday afternoon that three adults, including a pregnant woman, and an infant were killed in the crash.
Officers later found the remains of another person in one of the burned cars, he said. That person’s gender or age were not known Thursday night.
The pregnant woman also lost her unborn child, which the CHP ruled an additional death “due to rare circumstances,” Pepi said.
Authorities took eight people to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for treatment, he said. Of the injured, six were teenagers, and one suffered serious injuries.
Surveillance video of the crash shows the Mercedes-Benz speeding away from La Brea as several dozen cars cross the Slauson intersection. The Mercedes runs a red light and crashes into cars at an intersection before bursting into flames and crashing into a light pole where it comes to rest.
A streak of fire burns on the ground after the crash.
The billowing smoke could be seen for miles.
The woman, who did not want to be named, told The Times that the Mercedes-Benz hit her car as she was leaving a United Oil gas station.
“I got out, I had gas,” she said. “Suddenly, the Mercedes is coming towards me… on fire. I didn’t have time to think about it. It hit my car. I swerved, hitting the bench sideways.
The accident caused her to fear a petrol explosion, she told The Times.
Nearby, a battered Mercedes-Benz with a smashed bonnet crashed into the roadside.
Investigators believe the driver of the Mercedes-Benz was responsible for the crash, Pepi said.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but a CHP spokesman said investigators determined the Mercedes was traveling at a “high rate of speed” and ran a red light while heading south on La Brea.
Pepi said that the driver was only an adult.
The woman was hospitalized but was conscious and talking to CHP investigators Thursday night, he said, adding that he did not know the extent of her injuries.
At least six cars were involved in the crash, three of which were engulfed in flames, Pepi said. Others suffered moderate damage.