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1 dead, 2 injured in 6-vehicle crash near Los Angeles

January 6, 2022 GMT

CERRITOS, Calif. (AP) — One person was killed and at least two others were injured Wednesday in a six-vehicle crash involving a FedEx truck near Los Angeles, authorities said.

Witnesses said a Mercedes was traveling at a high rate of a speed when it slammed into the FedEx truck at an intersection in Cerritos shortly after 9 a.m.

“It was an explosion,” said Roxanne Harris, who was driving with her children when the collision occurred behind them. They weren’t hurt.

Harris told the Los Angeles Times there was a plume of black smoke and debris from the crash flew over her car. She said she saw first responders trying to extricate a man from the mangled wreckage of the Mercedes.

One person died at the scene, and another was transported to a hospital with unspecified injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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A second person was injured but not hospitalized, the Times reported.

Photos from the scene showed the FedEx truck with a side panel caved in and packages strewn across the intersection next to a demolished gray sedan.

A silver SUV also was damaged in the crash as were three other vehicles, according to the Times.