Tragedy has stuck on infamous Interstate 5, and as of now, at least three people are dead. Everything West of Washington Blvd. and Freeway 710 is closed.
Here are the tragic details from the KTLA 8 News:
The fatal collision, involving up to eight vehicles, occurred shortly after midnight on the 5 near Garfield Avenue and prompted the full closure of the heavily-traveled freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log.
CHP Officer Doris Peniche told KTLA that witnesses saw two Dodge vehicles — a Charger and a Challenger — speeding in southbound lanes at approximately 12:01 a.m.
“As they were street racing, the Dodge Challenger – which was in the No. 2 lane — observed a slow-moving vehicle directly in front of him,” Peniche said in an interview at the scene shortly after 6 a.m.. “He attempted to avoid the slower-moving vehicle by changing lanes to the right, and at the same time that slower-moving vehicle changed lanes to the right.”
At that point, the suspected street racer applied his brakes, lost control of the vehicle and collided with the UPS 18-wheeler, causing the big rig to crash through the center divider, according to Peniche.
The semi became airborne and struck a gray Nissan Sentra that was traveling northbound, shearing the top off the car and bursting into flames.