A fiery multi-car crash left four dead, including a pregnant woman and an infant, in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills neighborhood Thursday, according to authorities.
The crash at La Brea and Slauson avenues was a “multiple casualty incident,” with reports of numerous injuries, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in a tweet. The department responded to the crash just after 1:40 p.m.
Officer Franco Pepi, a California Highway Patrol spokesperson, said four people were killed in the crash: three adults and an infant. One of the adults was a pregnant woman.
Authorities transported eight people to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for treatment, Pepi said. Of those injured, six were teens and one suffered major injuries.
Footage of the crash shows fire trucks on scene and cars on fire.
Smoke could be seen billowing from miles away.
A woman who did not want to be named told The Times a Mercedes-Benz hit her car as she was leaving a United Oil gas station.
“I was getting out, had got gas,” she said. “All of a sudden that Mercedes is coming at me on … fire. I didn’t have any time to think about it. It hit my car. I veered, hit the bench on the side.”
The crash caused her to fear a gasoline-fueled explosion, she told The Times.
Nearby, the wrecked Mercedes-Benz with a smashed hood had crashed into a curb.
Investigators believe the driver of the Mercedes-Benz was responsible for the crash, Pepi said.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
Times staff writer Gregory Yee contributed to this report.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as additional information becomes available.