5 die in car crash in burbank : Car mirrors targeted by thieves. As many as five people died early Saturday when after a car spun out and burst into flames with the victims trapped inside in Burbank, Calif.
One survivor found about 50 yards from the burning Nissan when police arrived at the scene at around 4 a.m.
Sgt. Darin Ryburn said the 18-year-old woman was taken to Los Angeles County Medical Center.
Fire Battalion Chief Ron Barone said paramedics reported that they smelled alcohol on her breath.
It’s unclear how she ended up outside the vehicle.
Ryburn said speed appears to be a factor in the crash.
Paramedics reported smelling alcohol on her breath, Barone said. Authorities don’t yet know whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, but speed does appear to be a factor. The car burst into flames after striking a guardrail near an I-5 off-ramp, a curving stretch of roadway where freeway speed limits are quickly reduced because of nearby homes and where accidents have happened in the past, according to authorities.
It’s unclear how the woman got out of the vehicle while the others were trapped inside.
The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
“There was absolutely no possibility of any rescue whatsoever,” Barone said.
Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner said an investigator was at the crash site. Dietz said fingerprints or dental records would be used to identify those killed.
The flames from the fire spread to nearby trees and brush and Barone said they were doused within moments of firefighters’ arriving.
Ryburn said police are awaiting a report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner to further their investigation.
“It was pretty horrific,” Ryburn said.