1 Killed in Fiery Crash in Exposition Park
One person was killed in a fiery crash near the 110 Freeway in Exposition Park early Saturday, officials said.
The crash was reported about 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of West 39th Street and Flower Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A vehicle believed to be a SUV was coming off the northbound offramp of the 110 when it crashed into a wall, said Los Angeles Police Department officer Nicholas Hill. The vehicle then burst into flames and overturned.
Witnesses at the scene said the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed, Hill said.
The incident occurred near a homeless encampment and officials originally believed the fire stemmed from the site.
Authorities also originally thought two people were in the vehicle, but later confirmed the driver was the sole occupant. The victim has not been identified.
Michael Bradley, who was in a tent nearby, said he and his friend heard screeching tires then and a “very loud impact.”
“It startled me and my friend, and the person in the tent next to us,” Bradley said. “We knew it had to be something like an accident.”
He spotted the mangled car and noticed that it started smoking. He tried to see if he could get the driver out of the car, but the vehicle became engulfed in flames. He then called emergency services.
“There were intense flames across the street,” he said. “We could feel the heat from it and could not get near it.”
“My lord, it’s tragic,” Bradley added.
The Los Angeles Fire Department also responded to the crash.
KTLA’s Geoff Peters contributed to this story.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of people killed in the crash.