A carload of teenagers returning home from a night at Knott’s Scary Farm crashed on the 5 Freeway in Irvine early Saturday, killing five and seriously injuring a sixth, authorities said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The collision, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. just north of Alton Parkway (map), caused a quarter-acre brush fire that firefighters extinguished within 30 minutes, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority, according to KTLA.
The bodies, which included three males and two females, were badly burned. A teenage boy was reported to have serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, fire officials said, according to KABC.
The teenager told authorities that he and the people in the car were going home from Knott’s Scary Farm, which closes at 2 a.m. nvestigators are continuing to determine what caused the accident, but “it appears that speed was a factor,” Olivera told a television reporter, according to the OC Register.
The accident resulted in a Sigalert that was finally lifted at 10 am today.
Authorities are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the local California Highway Patrol office at 714-567-6000.