Police say two teens traveled on Vanowen Street at approximately 6:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. The teens, driving in a BMW 5-Series, slammed into another car attempting a turn onto Platt Avenue.
Following the two-car collision, the BMW continued to crash into a traffic signal, down electrical wires, and shear off a fire hydrant, causing a fountain of electrically charged water to shoot into the air. This hazard caused emergency crews to delay any attempted rescue of the teens, reports KABC.
According to KABC, the electricity was shut off by the power companies to make the area safe for rescue crews. Once able, officials accessed the BMW and discovered the teen driver and passenger died during the crash.
Although police do not believe the teens were partaking in a street race, they believe they traveled at a much higher rate than the posted 35 mph speed limit, according to KABC.
The driver of the second car received treatment at a local hospital for minor injuries.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).