A woman suspected of drunken driving was believed to have triggered a multivehicle collision in Mid-City that left at least five people in critical condition on Wednesday evening, authorities said.
The collision occurred just before 6 p.m. at 5898 W. Venice Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The woman was traveling westbound when she sideswiped a car next to her, crossed the center median and collided with three cars traveling in the opposite direction, according to Lt. Andre Belotto with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The unidentified woman was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in critical condition, Belotto said.
A total of five people were transported from the scene in critical condition, according to Margaret Stewart of LAFD. She called the response a "physical rescue" and initially said two patients were trapped.
The victims were described as two females and three males.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed the major roadway blocked off near Fairfax Avenue, with three vehicles seriously damaged. An SUV, a minivan and a smaller sedan appeared to be involved.
A fourth vehicle, a black SUV, appeared to have come to a stop on a nearby sidewalk.
Firefighters cut away the door of the minivan to reach the driver, Sky5 video showed.
At least eight Fire Department emergency vehicles were on scene.
Venice Boulevard between Thurman and Fairfax avenues was expected to remain closed until 1 a.m.
KTLA's Kennedy Ryan contributed to this story.