A woman is dead and a man was seriously injured Saturday morning following a single-vehicle crash in Bixby Knolls, authorities said.
Officers were notified of the crash around 5:20 a.m. and responded to the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and East Roosevelt Road.
Police said the man, who was driving a 1995 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck with large containers of cooking oil in the back, was speeding southbound along Atlantic Avenue when he lost control of the truck and struck the curb, a fire hydrant, and three trees.
It’s not clear whether driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.
When officers arrived, they located the man and a passenger trapped inside the truck, which had heavy smoke emitting from its engine, police said.
“Concerned the vehicle would ignite with the trapped occupants, officers used fire extinguishers on the engine block to prevent a fire,” according to the Long Beach Fire Department.
Long Beach Fire personnel then used the “jaws of life” to free the man and the passenger from the wreckage.
3800 Blk of Atlantic Ave-5:30am-LBFD units used the “jaws of life” to extricate a man and woman from a single vehicle accident into a tree. The male patient was transported to an area trauma center, the female was determined to be deceased. LBPD handling investigation. pic.twitter.com/GYMt06G6bi— Long Beach Fire (CA) (@LBFD) February 4, 2023
The man was transported to a local hospital in critical but stable condition while the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. At this time, the passenger has only been identified as a woman.
The blue truck, which remained on the scene for about four hours after the crash, appeared to be nearly split in half while several objects were scattered along the curb and sidewalk.
Spilled cooking oil stretched about 50 yards from the site of the crash down a small strip of the street on southbound Atlantic Avenue.
Because the oil the truck was carrying spilled, the city’s environmental response unit also responded to the scene to clean it up.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated with more information from the Long Beach Police Department.