Two people were killed and nine others were injured, three of them children, when a car plowed into a stalled pickup truck on the Golden State Freeway early Sunday, authorities said.
Investigators believe the truck, which had stalled in the slow lane near the intersection with the Ventura Freeway, was carrying several passengers in the truck's camper shell. A man and a woman in the truck were fatally injured and five people, including three children, were hospitalized in the 12:14 a.m. accident, the California Highway Patrol said.
Pronounced dead at the scene was Ramiro Rosas, 24, of Anaheim, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said. Perla Ibanez, 27, also of Anaheim, died later at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.
A 5-year-old boy was taken by helicopter to Childrens Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, city fire spokesman Bob Collis said. Two other children, a 2-year-old girl and a 7-month-old boy, were taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena with serious injuries.
An unidentified 32-year-old man was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in critical condition, and a 30-year-old woman was in critical condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Collis said.
Four other victims--two 30-year-old men, a 22-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman--were treated for minor injuries, he said.