Four people, including a pregnant woman and a baby, were killed in a fiery multi-car crash in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills on Thursday, officials 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 three adults, including a pregnant woman and a baby, were killed in the crash.
The woman lost her unborn child, which the CHP counted as the fifth 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 crashes into cars at an intersection, bursts into flames, and crashes 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. She is believed to be among those hospitalized.
At least six cars were involved in the accident, three of which were on fire, he said. Others suffered moderate damage.