At least six people were killed and eight others were injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash at a gas station on South Los Angeles’s Brea and Slauson avenues, on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The crash was reported about 1:40 p.m., when a dark-colored Mercedes which sped through a red light without braking, struck two vehicles in the Windsor Hills intersection.
A video showed the vehicles careened into a gas station in a ball of fire.
Six people were declared dead at the scene, including a body that was found in a burned car, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Also among the fatalities were a pregnant woman and an infant, authorities said.
Witness Veronica Esquival was pumping gas feet away from the collision and said she covered her head for protection as debris was flying wildly.
“All of the sudden, a baby literally flew from the middle of the intersection to the middle of the gas station and landed right on the floor in front of me,” Esquival said. “One of the workers came and saw me with the baby and took the baby out of my hands. Somebody tried to resuscitate the baby, but the baby was gone.”
Alphonso Word said he was only a few cars away from the intersection when the crash occurred “like a bomb.”
“Like I say, it’s the kids. That’s what touched me more than anything, the children, the ones that didn’t get a chance. The mother that probably was happy that she’s having a baby,” Word said.