Updated with correction, re: the number of people injured. More details about the burn victim and freeway reopening after the jump. Originally posted at 8:21 a.m.
When California Highway Patrol officers and L.A. firemen arrived to the scene of a two-car collision on the I-10 West at 4:45 a.m. this morning, they found one car entirely engulfed in flames.
The person inside the burning vehicle died at the scene. Of the
four three other people involved in the wee-hour crash, one suffered serious injuries and three two suffered only minor ones.
The crash occurred at the Crenshaw Boulevard exit, near the Jefferson Park neighborhood of mid-city Los Angeles.
As of 7:20 a.m., traffic in all lanes of the I-10 West was backed up for at least two miles, and the CHP had no estimate of when the roadway could be reopened. Meanwhile, two eastbound lanes that been closed directly following the crash had been reopened, but rubberneckers were still causing a backup.
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Update: The person who died was a woman in her 50s, according to the CHP. The exact cause and trail of the crash have yet to be determined.
As of about 8:45 a.m., two westbound lanes had been reopened.
Just two days ago, on Saturday morning, two West Covina men in their 40s were fatally struck on the shoulder of the 605 freeway in Irwindale. Pedro Pedroza and Ricardo Beltran were changing the tire on their Chevrolet when the driver of a Ford Taurus allegedly lost control of his vehicle and hit the two men, killing them.
With reporting from City News Service.