Saturday, September 12, 2009

Traffic accident leaves two dead and several injured in Mt. Washington *

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Two people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed and several others injured Friday night in a head-on collision on Figueroa Street near Avenue 41, officials said.

Sgt. Jeff Siggers with the Central Traffic Bureau said the two victims, a six-year-old girl and a 51-year-old woman, were traveling northbound in a van on Figueroa when a southbound pick-up truck crossed into their lane and struck them head-on.

Fire fighters reporting to an emergency call at about 10 pm arrived to find one person dead at the scene. The Los Angeles Fire Department had said earlier that five people - two in critical condition - were transported to hospitals for treatment.

Residents said Figueroa remained closed in both directions until late this morning

* Update at 2:32 pm: The driver of the pick-up truck has been arrested and was believed to be driving under the influence when the vehicle struck the van, said Sgt. Siggers. The driver may faces murder charges, he said. The six-year-old girl (earlier police information had described her as a five-year-old) died after being transported to a hospital, he said. The relationship between the two victims is not known but both resided in the area near the accident, Siggers said.

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