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5 Killed; 1 Injured in Burbank Car Crash

An investigation was underway Saturday to determine the exact cause of a deadly single car crash near the southbound 5 Freeway and N. San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank, authorities said.

Five people were killed when their vehicle crashed and burst into flames, touching off a small grass fire, according to police.

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Savannah Underwood left the hospital in a wheelchair Thursday less than a week after a fiery crash killed five of her friends in Burbank.

The sole survivor of a horrific crash that claimed the lives of five young people in Burbank was released from the hospital on Thursday.

Savannah Underwood, 18, suffered broken bones in her right leg and a crushed pelvis during the Sept. 28 crash.  She was transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Underwood left the hospital in a wheelchair just after 5 p.m. accompanied by family members.

Underwood was seriously injured in the early-morning crash North San Fernando Boulevard near an off-ramp of the 5 Freeway.

A four-door sedan carrying six young people lost control and slammed into a concrete pillar at a high rate of speed, according to Burbank police.

The car burst into flames and was fully engulfed by the time officers arrived.

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A fiery crash in Burbank left five people in their teens and 20s dead, with one 18-year-old survivor.

“This was a tough one. I’ve been here 28 years and the five fatalities is pretty rough,” Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said during a news conference after the crash.

Officials initially said Underwood was ejected from the car, but later said she crawled out of the wreckage on her own.

A deliveryman for the small restaurant chain Hook Burger told KTLA he heard her screams for help and pulled Underwood away from the burning vehicle.
Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.
Police were also awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.

5 Young People Killed in Horrific Crash in Burbank Mourned by Friends

Grief counselors spent the day at two Burbank high schools Monday to help students and teachers deal with the loss of five recent graduates who were killed in a fiery crash, Burbank Unified school officials said.

The crash happened early Saturday morning when a four door Nissan slammed into a concrete pillar near the 5 Freeway and N. San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank, authorities said.

Updated-Burbank-Crash-VictimsSugey Cuevas, Malak Hariri, Sameer Nevarez, Stephen Stoll and Sebastian Forero were killed in the crash, family and friends told KTLA 5.

Savannah Underwood, 18, managed to escape the vehicle.

She was taken to an area hospital with a broken leg and other injuries, but was expected to survive, according to Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

“This was a tough one. I’ve been here 28 years and the five fatalities is pretty rough,” Sgt. Ryburn said during a news conference.

Speed was a factor in the wreck, Sgt. Ryburn added.

The five deceased victims, all in their late teens and early twenties, were graduates of Burbank High and John Burroughs High, their friends told KTLA 5.

Underwood graduated from Options For Youth Charter High in Burbank earlier this year, according to her friends.

A growing memorial has been set up at the crash site to remember the victims.

A candlelight vigil was held in Burbank on Sunday night for the victims of a fiery car crash that left five people dead and one woman hospitalized.

The lone survivor of the crash was identified as 18-year-old Savannah Underwood, according to family and friends.

Underwood was being treated Sunday at Los Angeles County LAC+USC Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, including a broken leg, according to Burbank police.

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The crash happened on N. San Fernando Blvd. (KTLA)

Five others inside the vehicle were killed when the four door Nissan slammed into a concrete pillar around 4:13 a.m. Saturday,  according to Burbank police.

The incident happened on N. San Fernando Blvd. near an off-ramp of the 5 Freeway.

The car burst into flames and was fully engulfed when officers arrived.

“This was a tough one. I’ve been here 28 years and the five fatalities is pretty rough,” Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said during a news conference.

Speed was a factor in the wreck, Ryburn said.

The five people who died were identified as Sugey Cuevas, Malak Hariri, Sameer Nevarez, Stephen Stoll and Sebastian Forero, family and friends told KTLA 5. The victims, all in their late teens and early twenties, were graduates of two Burbank high schools.

“The Lord decided he needed your wings early in life … but we will miss you here,” read a note written to Stoll and placed at a makeshift memorial.

Hariri, who had been attending college and working at a Best Buy store, “was a really enthusiastic person. She loved everything she does, every single day,” said her cousin, Ahmed Hariri. “She had a whole life ahead of her.”

Police were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.

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Family and friends attended a vigil in Burbank (KTLA)

Officials initially said Underwood was ejected from the car, but later retracted the statement to say she crawled out of the wreckage.

Family and friends of the victims had also held an emotional vigil near the crash scene on Saturday evening.

Several people at the vigil told KTLA 5 the victims had just left a party when the crash occurred.

A memorial fund has been set up to pay for funeral services for Sugey Cuevas.

http://www.GofundMe.com/4kdnt4

 

An investigation was underway Saturday to determine the exact cause of a deadly single car crash near the southbound 5 Freeway and N. San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank, authorities said.

Five people were killed when their vehicle crashed and burst into flames, touching off a small grass fire, according to police.

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The crash happened on the 5 freeway near San Fernando Blvd. (KTLA)

Savannah Underwood, 18, was able to escape the vehicle.  She was taken to an area hospital with a broken leg and other injuries, but was expected to survive, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn told KTLA 5.

The crash happened around 4:13 a.m. when the four-door sedan slammed into a concrete pillar, according to Burbank police.

Speed was a factor in the wreck, Sgt. Ryburn said during a news conference Saturday.

The California Highway Patrol was assisting Burbank police with the investigation.

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