INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) – A man and woman were killed, and another man was critically injured in a fiery two-car collision in Inglewood Thursday morning.
The collision occurred at 9:23 a.m. across from a Los Angeles County Fire Department station on Crenshaw Boulevard and 108th Street. A Ford Mustang carrying a man and woman was making a left turn when it was struck by a speeding car, witnesses told CBS2. The Mustang then burst into flames with the two women trapped inside.
Most of the nearby station’s firefighters were out on another call, along with their fire engine. However, one firefighter who was there ran across the street, extinguished the fire, and tried to rescue the two occupants. However, they did not survive and were pronounced dead on scene, the fire department reported.
The male driver and sole occupant of the second car, a blue Infiniti four-door sedan, was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries. His condition was not confirmed.
A witness driving next to that vehicle shortly before the collision told CBS2 the driver of that car had been flirting with her.
“He sped up, almost rear-ended a car, sped around them, and just from there, he was probably going 80 to 100 miles an hour,” said the woman. “Most definitely, it was the driver of the blue Infiniti.”
She also said the man immediately got on his cell phone when he was helped out of his wrecked vehicle.
“Oh yeah! It flipped over, and it catches on flame right away,” retold another witness.
Crenshaw Boulevard was closed for hours at 108th Street.
Inglewood police are leading the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Locals told CBS2 Thursday drivers often use that stretch of road as a speedway, resulting in two or three accidents every month.