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1 Dead, 5 Injured In 5-Vehicle Crash On PCH In Laguna Beach

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LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA.com)  — One person was killed and five injured in a five-vehicle crash that shut down Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours.

The crash happened about 1:30 p.m., causing authorities to advise motorists to avoid the area near Crystal Cove State Park, the reports said.

Erik Valencia, 29, of Irvine was killed in the crash, the OC Coroner’s Office said.

Valencia was a “passenger in an out of control auto versus truck traffic accident,” officials said.

The five survivors were hospitalized with injuries ranging from minor to severe.

The crash occurred near Irvine Cove Way.

Greg Mills, reporting for CBS2, said two of the injured were in critical condition.

Sky 2 reported a car was out-of-control and swerved into another lane and then broadsided on the passenger side by a pickup truck.

Laguna Beach Police, CHP and Irvine Police were all investigating, Mills said.

Mills also reported several of the victims had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life.

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