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Two people killed in fiery California crash

Two people were killed in a fiery multi-car crash in California on May 27. The accident occurred just after 1 a.m. on the 10 Freeway in West Covina. According to the California Highway Patrol, traffic on the 10 Freeway was backed up due to an earlier car crash when two cars were rear-ended by drivers who failed to slow down. One of the rear-ended cars leaked gasoline and burst into flames.

An officer responding to the scene said flames were shooting 30 feet into the air. An occupant in an Audi and an occupant in a Toyota pickup died at the scene. An unidentified woman was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A Lexus SUV, a Toyota sedan and a tractor-trailer truck were also involved in the incident.

Authorities said speed was likely a contributing factor in the crash. The highway's westbound lanes were closed until 5:15 a.m. as emergency crews investigated and cleared the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

An injured victims of a car crash caused by negligence can sue the responsible driver. With the help of an attorney, victims could use police reports plus other evidence to support a personal injury lawsuit filed against the at-fault driver. If the suit is successful, it could bring a settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages and more. If a victim is killed in a car accident, certain family members have the right to pursue a wrongful death complaint against the responsible driver. A wrongful death suit typically seeks compensation for funeral costs, loss of income and other damages related to the loss of a loved one.

Source: ABC 7, "Fatal multi-car crash shuts all WB lanes of 10 Fwy in West Covina," John Gregory, May 27, 2016

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