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California Highway Patrol investigates fiery car accident

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning, two women were traveling south on California's 15 Freeway. Unbeknownst to them, another vehicle was approaching their location from behind at a high rate of speed. The resulting car accident caused the deaths of the two women.

The California Highway Patrol reported that witnesses estimated the vehicle slammed into the back of the women's car was traveling upwards of 120 mph. The impact was so severe that the car the women were in burst into flames. They couldn't get out of the car and both died in the fire.

Whether the driver of the car that hit them suffered any injuries was not reported. However, officers believe the driver -- whose identity was not released -- was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Officers did not clear the scene for over four hours, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Authorities did not indicate how long the investigation could take or when charges against the driver, if any, will be determined.

In the meantime, the families of the two women may file wrongful death claims against the driver deemed responsible for the fiery car accident. The court may award damages to the families if the negligence of the driver is proven to its satisfaction. Damages such as funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering and any other financial losses recognized under applicable laws could alleviate the financial burdens brought about by the death of their loved ones.

Source: ktla.com, "2 Killed in Fiery High-Speed Crash on 15 Freeway in Corona; Suspected DUI Driver Arrested", Tracy Bloom, July 20, 2014

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