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Woman, 39, Accused In DUI Crash Involving 8 Vehicles

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WEST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  — Authorities have arrested a woman they said was driving under the influence on the 10 Freeway triggering an eight-vehicle crash.

The accidents occurred in Palms, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At least one car — a 2004 Honda Civic — was engulfed in flames, the CHP said.

No injuries were reported.

Melissa Harris, a 39-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was booked into the LAPD’s 77th Street Station jail, according to a department statement. Harris was driving a 2007 Toyota, and complained of pain following the crash.

The crash occurred on the eastbound freeway, east of the San Diego (405) Freeway. The accident was first reported to the CHP at 1:20 a.m.

“Due to the number of vehicles involved in this collision, the sequence of events is still being determined,” according to the statement.

The driver of a 1999 BMW, a 19-year-old Santa Monica woman, complained of pain following the crash.

The eight-vehicle crash involved the 2007 Toyota, a 2005 Toyota, a 2010 Toyota, 2010 Chevrolet, a 1999 BMW, two 2004 Hondas and a 2003 Mercedes-Benz.

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