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Massive Two-Vehicle Collision Leaves Two Teens Dead, One Injured


severely damaged car after crash

According to KABC, two teens died in a violent collision with another vehicle after their car is split in half in West Hills, Los Angeles, on Sunday evening.

Speed Likely Played Role in Fatal Wreck

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.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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