Three people were injured after a sedan drove straight into a motel room in Bellflower on Tuesday, according to officials and video from the scene.
Paramedics responded to the Value Inn at 10410 E. Alondra Blvd. after the incident was reported around 3:30 p.m., said Inspector Joey Marron with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Surveillance video released by the motel shows a green, older model Mercedes-Benz sedan slamming into the building head-on at a high speed. A cloud of drywall and debris erupts upon impact.
Three people were taken to a nearby trauma center, two with critical injuries and one with minor injuries, firefighters said.
Among the patients were the motel's manager, the manager's son and the car's driver, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Thomas.
Priyam Patel, the manager’s son, said the car was going at least 80 mph when it slammed into his father’s room.
“My father was in the bed, but he was good, and my brother’s in the hospital,” Patel said.
He told KTLA that his father suffered minor injuries and has since been released, but his brother remains hospitalized with a broken hip.
The driver was by himself in the car and critically injured, authorities said. Patel said the motorist appeared to be a man in his late 30s.
Crews were still working to clean up the area several hours later.
A group of four men were sweeping the room hit by the car, which contained a mattress and television. The room was otherwise in disarray, with detritus strewn about and one wall missing.
Patel said the room is now unlivable and will remain boarded up until insurance agents can assess the damage.
Sheriff's deputies are now investigating the cause of the crash and looking into whether drugs nor alcohol were a factor, Thomas said.