One person died when a vehicle split in half after crashing into a light pole in Santa Fe Springs early Thursday, according to the Whittier Police Department.
The collision occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Norwalk Boulevard and Smith Street (map), Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean said.
Witnesses told officers that the vehicle, described as a black Toyota Scion, was traveling south at a high rate of speed on Norwalk Boulevard when the driver appeared to lose control of the car and slammed into a traffic signal pole, according to police.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not yet identified the driver.
The southbound portion of Norwalk Boulevard in the area was closed while authorities investigated the crash, as were lanes in both directions on Smith Street.
KTLA’s Crystal Garcia contributed to this report.