Two Killed in Fiery Crash in Los Angeles

A passing motorist tried to free the victims from the burning Mustang.


LOS ANGELES --

Two people were killed Wednesday and a third person was injured in a fiery three-vehicle crash on the Harbor (110) Freeway in the Vermont Knolls area of Los Angeles, authorities said.

The crash on the northbound 110 Freeway just south of West Manchester Avenue was reported at 1:56 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Firefighters arrived to find one vehicle ablaze and flames threatening other vehicles as heavy debris blocked several lanes, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

A man and woman inside a burning mid-sized vehicle were declared dead at the scene, Humphrey said.

A passerby who tried to help the victims trapped inside the blazing white Mustang told an On Scene Video camera crew that he could not get the door open and saw the man inside cover his face and perish in the fire.

The driver of a large SUV was taken to California Hospital Medical Center with minor injuries, Humphrey said, adding that the driver of the third vehicle -- a small minivan -- declined treatment at the scene.

The No. 3, 4, and 5 lanes of the freeway were closed while an investigation was conducted. All lanes were reopened about 5:30 a.m., said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.