Two killed, several hurt in three-car crash in Lakewood

This story has been updated with information on the ages of the two deceased victims.

Two people were killed and three others injured, at least one critically, in a three-vehicle crash in Lakewood Friday night.

The crash was reported about 10 p.m. in the 6100 block of South Street, near Gondar Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

One person was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The others sustained minor to moderate injuries, ABC7 reported. Helicopter footage showed vehicles with major damage and debris strewn across the roadway.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles County Coroners office identified the two victims as two men in their 40s. The sheriff’s department could not provide details on the status of the critically injured victim.

Details of what led to the crash were not immediately disclosed.

Alyssa Harpt, a nearby resident, wasn’t home when the crash happened, but she said her roommate and friend were and they quickly ran out to the wrecked cars to help the victims. There were two sedans and one red classic Volkswagen Beetle involved in the crash, Harpt said. She said there were two women in each of the sedans and three passengers in the Beetle.

Neighbors, drawn outside by the sound of the collision and subsequent noise of police and news helicopters, came out to witness the scene. One man, who identified himself on by the initials A.V,  said he heard the helicopters and police activity and approached the area where other neighbors were looking on at the wrecked cars.. “It was pretty bad,” he said. “I feel bad that it happened.”

This is a developing news story. It will be updated.

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