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California Teen Dies in Fiery Hollywood Highway Crash

One teen is dead and several more people are injured after a serious car accident on the Hollywood Freeway.

The accident happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. last Sunday when a Chevrolet containing three young people rear-ended a disabled Jeep on the highway.

The Chevrolet driver and the front-seat passenger left the car to check on the Jeep driver.

A Lexus SUV then slammed into the back of the Chevrolet, causing it to flip over and ignite with a 17-year-old Santa Ana teen trapped in the back seat.

"The rear passenger of the Chevrolet was unable to escape the vehicle or be extricated before the entire Chevrolet was consumed by fire," A California Highway Statement says. "The passenger died at the scene, and was pronounced deceased by L.A. City Fire Department paramedics."

Images of the crash taken by witnesses show the charred remains of the Chevrolet and the melted back bumper of the disabled Jeep.

The 19-year-old front-seat passenger of the Chevrolet was transported to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for minor personal injuries, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. The 23-year-old Chevrolet driver and the 55-year-old Los Angeles-based Lexus driver also suffered personal injuries that did not require hospital treatment.

The exact cause of these collisions is unknown. Common causes of similar multiple-car accidents include driver inattention, speeding, and the failure to use emergency lights after a car breakdown.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News, "Teen killed in Valley Glen freeway crash when trapped between 2 cars," City News Service, July 9, 2012

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