Five people, including a pregnant woman and a baby, lost their lives in a horrific multi-car collision on Thursday, July 4, according to authorities in Windsor Hills, Los Angeles. Additionally, eight people were injured as a result of the crash on La Brea and Slauson Avenues.
According to California Highway Patrol officials, the fire tragedy claimed the lives of three people, including a pregnant mother and a 3-year-old toddler.
Officer Franco Pepi, spokesman for the CHP, claimed the pregnant woman’s unborn child had been listed as the fifth death due to “special circumstances”.
Pepi added that later Thursday, when the cars were on fire, authorities found the remains of another person inside. The person’s age and gender have not yet been verified.
Regarding the eight other victims of the incident, police drove them to and provided medical treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Teenagers made up six of the injured, and one of them had serious injuries.
Around 1:40 p.m., the accident was captured on CCTV in the Los Angeles area of Windsor Hills
The distance from downtown Los Angeles to this one was 10 miles. The CHP say that in Slauson and La Brea a gray Mercedes-Benz ran a red light and collided with a lamp post before coming to a stop. Nearly six vehicles were hit, sources said, and several of them caught fire.
Debra Jackson, the driver of the Mercedes, was taken to a nearby Los Angeles hospital although she escaped the incident with serious injuries. She gave the details of the situation:
Suddenly there was a loud explosion, but when Jackson tried to turn around, the flames just covered everyone. “They asked me to get out of my car as I was trying to get out of it to get to the gas station when it was completely engulfed in flames. I then jumped out of my car and pulled him over. left parked where it was.
Veronica Esquivel, a woman, saw the incident happen while she was refueling at a nearby gas station. She pronounced:
“After the fire explosion and all the impact noises, I saw metal and other objects flying through the air, so I just hid behind the pump.
After the collision, a fire reportedly burned the area to the ground. Smoke was seen in the distance.
A CHP spokesperson said the Mercedes was traveling “at excessive speed” when it ran through a red light while traveling south on La Brea. The precise cause of the incident was not immediately clear.