Two people were killed when their SUV struck a tree in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles and erupted in flames early Tuesday morning.
The crash took place just after 1 a.m. on South Figueroa Street near West Slauson Avenue, according to Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Video from the scene showed the burning Ford Explorer moments after it struck the tree.
Firefighters quickly put out the blaze, but were unable to rescue the people inside.
“Tragically there’s two individuals that were inside the vehicle that perished,” said Lt. Charles Springer of the Los Angeles Police Department.
One of the victims was a man, according to Sgt. Allan Rabina of the Police Department.
The second victim was "too badly burned to identify," Rabina said.
Investigators believe the driver may have been traveling too fast and lost control after hitting some train tracks on West Slauson Avenue, according to Rabina, who said "the driver didn't brake."
Authorities were looking at surveillance video from a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power building and some nearby gas stations as part of the investigation.
No other vehicles were believed to be involved in the crash.
"At this time there’s no evidence that it’s anything other than a solo vehicle traffic collision,” Springer said.
The vehicle was registered to someone from the City of Los Angeles.
South Figueroa Street was closed near the crash site during the investigation.