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Driver in fiery 9-car crash was going wrong way, LAPD says

April 30, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Firefighters work at the scene of a fatal car collision in South L.A.
Firefighters work at the scene of a fatal car collision in South L.A. (KTLA-TV Channel 5 )

A driver suspected of causing a fatal collision involving nine vehicles in South Los Angeles was speeding on the wrong side of the street shortly before the fiery crash occurred, police said Tuesday night.

The driver, who was in a black Dodge Charger, was speeding southbound on the northbound side of Broadway, police said.

The driver allegedly ran a red light, slamming head-on into a vehicle and then striking seven other vehicles in the 200 block of West Manchester Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

"He ran a red light and collided with pretty much every vehicle head-on," Officer Christopher No told The Times.

He said police were investigating whether the driver was fleeing a shooting that had been reported earlier in the area.

News footage on KTLA-TV Channel 5 showed flames consuming the front end of one of the vehicles.

The driver in the Charger was transported to a hospital in critical condition, police said. The person who died appeared to be in the first vehicle that was hit, according to No.

Two others in critical condition were transported to hospitals, and another person declined transport, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Twitter: @LAJourno

robert.lopez@latimes.com

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