2 Dead, 2 Injured When Wrong-Way Vehicle Crashes Into Oncoming Pickup Trucks in Whittier

Two people were killed and two others injured when a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a street in Whittier crashed into two oncoming pickup trucks Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews respond to a fatal crash in Whittier on May 2, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Emergency crews respond to a fatal crash in Whittier on May 2, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

The collision occurred about 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Slauson and Alburtis avenues, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor McBride said.

Witnesses reported seeing two vehicles traveling eastbound on Slauson Avenue at a high rate of speed when one of them veered into oncoming traffic and collided with two trucks, California Highway Patrol spokesperson Ryann Grimes said.

One of the trucks overturned in the street while the other crashed into a tree, Grimes said.

The speeding vehicle that crossed into the wrong lane, described as a Ford Fusion, was ripped in half as a result of the crash.

Two occupants inside the Ford were pronounced dead at the scene, Grimes said.

One of the victims was identified as Moises Alejandro Duran, 28. The other victim has not been identified but was described as being a Hispanic man.

A person in one of the trucks was hospitalized with what was described as a moderate injury and a fourth person involved in the crash had a minor injury, McBride said.

The other vehicle believed to have been speeding prior to the crash did not stay at the scene, Grimes said.

Authorities are searching for the vehicle, believed to be a gray BMW.

Investigators are looking into whether the vehicles were street racing prior to the crash.