5 dead, 8 injured after speeding Mercedes plows into cars in horror crash in Windsor Hills

5 dead, 8 injured after speeding Mercedes plows into cars in horror crash in Windsor Hills

Authorities were investigating a fiery multi-car crash that killed five people, including a pregnant woman and a baby, in Windsor Hills on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

At least four people, including a baby and a pregnant woman, were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash in Los Angeles, authorities 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.

Officers stand near burnt vehicles and debris

An investigation is underway after five people, including a pregnant woman and a baby, died in the fire.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

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 hit the curb.

Investigators believe the driver of the Mercedes-Benz was responsible for the crash, Pepi said.

People lean against the fence and look at the scene of the accident.

Residents of the area are checking the scene of the fatal accident.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

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.

The driver has only been identified as an adult woman, Pepi said.

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.

First responders comfort each other at the scene of an accident.

Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department hug several victims at the scene of the crash.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

Witnesses described the horrific scene.

“It looked like the whole intersection was on fire from corner to corner,” Harper Washington told KABC-TV. “Lots of sparks and electricity. I got the impression that at first I thought they had dropped a bomb on us. … When the fire went out and the noise went away, I realized that there were two cars. You could see people burning and it’s just sad. I really pray for the people and the community.”

Veronica Esquival told KTLA that the baby came to rest at the intersection. “One worker came and saw me with the baby and took the baby from my arms. Someone tried to resuscitate the baby, but the baby was gone. She said.

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