At least four people, including an infant, were killed in a fiery crash outside Los Angeles on Thursday when a speeding car ran a red light and slammed into a car, authorities said.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m., a Mercedes-Benz sedan caused as many as six cars near a gas station in the unincorporated Windsor Hills, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, according to the California Highway Patrol. of car crashes.
Several people were thrown out of the car and two cars caught fire. Television reports showed burnt and damaged cars, as well as a child car seat, among the debris on the street.
The video showed the Mercedes speeding through an intersection, hitting at least two cars that caught fire and hit a sign on the corner of a gas station. A car was also torn in half.
Three adults, including a pregnant woman and an infant, were killed, California Highway Patrol Officer Alicia Kolter said.
“I was about to refuel when all of a sudden I heard all the crashing noises, then fires, explosions and I saw things, metal and things flying through the air,” witness Veronica Esquivel said.“So, I just covered myself behind the pump.”
Authorities said nine people were injured, including six children. That included the driver of the speeding Mercedes, who was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to CBS in Los Angeles.
Another witness, Debra Jackson, described her experience to CBS Los Angeles.
“Suddenly, I heard a loud bang, but when I tried to turn around, the flames went to everybody,” Jackson said. “The flames burned through my whole car and they made me jump out of the car because I Was trying to open the door to get out of the car to go to the gas station and they told me to jump out of the car. The car … so I jumped out of the car and I parked the car there.”