Traffic Collision in Hawthorne Leaves 1 Dead, Minivan Wrapped Around Pole

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A traffic collision in Hawthorne left one man dead and a minivan completely wrapped around a pole Thursday morning.

The collision occurred about 10 a.m. at 135th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Chris Reade said.

An individual in the vehicle was trapped and declared dead when first responders arrived, Reade said. The vehicle had been going eastbound when it hit a pole, which was left upright but embedded more than halfway into the vehicle.

A pole appeared to have cut through a minivan that was involved in a traffic collision in Hawthorne on April 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A pole appeared to have cut through a minivan that was involved in a traffic collision in Hawthorne on April 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The intersection was shut down as authorities worked around the wreckage of the Toyota Sienna minivan.

Speed was believed to be a factor in the crash, Hawthorne Police Department Officer Wilbert Pereira said.

Witnesses from a nearby dental office rushed to the crash scene, fire extinguishers in hand. Smoke rose from the wreckage, they said.

One woman said she spoke with a man who saw the male driver just before the crash, and the man said the motorist had "rage in his face."

A tire from the vehicle landed dozens of feet away, well on the other side of the intersection, video from the scene showed.

DMV records indicated the vehicle was from model year 2000.

No one else was in the minivan, authorities said.

Hawthorne Boulevard was expected to be closed for five hours in both directions, from El Segundo Boulevard south to Rosecrans Avenue, according to a tweet from the Hawthorne Police Department.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.

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