One person was killed and five others injured in a multi-vehicle car crash Sunday in Laguna Beach, authorities said.
The accident occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway at Irvine Cove Drive about 1:35 p.m. Police officers and fire personnel responded after receiving a report of a head-on collision, according to a press release issued by the Laguna Beach Police Department to KTLA.
A car, traveling on the northbound side of the highway, struck another vehicle. Police said it was initially a minor-fender-bender. The car then veered into the southbound lanes and struck two other vehicles.
One of the drivers of the four vehicles involved died. Coroner officials removed the deceased victim’s body, said the Laguna Beach Police Department in an interview with KTLA. Authorities corrected their earlier statement that said were five vehicles involved in the crash.
The victim’s body was transported to the Orange County coroner’s office for further examination, said Laguna Beach police Sgt. Eric Lee in an interview with KTLA.
The five other victims were all taken to local hospitals, Lee said in an interview with KTLA. The extent of their injuries and conditions were not immediately known.
Northbound Pacific Coast Highway was temporarily closed due to the car crash. It was reopened Sunday night. All southbound lanes remained closed for some time, but were expected to reopen by 11 p.m.
The cause of the car crash is still under investigation.
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