One person was killed this morning when an SUV carrying armed robbery suspects fleeing police collided with another vehicle on the Golden State (5) Freeway in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol was notified of the crash on the northbound side of the freeway at Pasadena Avenue just after 2 a.m., according to CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.
One vehicle overturned and there was one confirmed fatality, he said.
One person was dead at the scene and at least two others were taken to hospitals, a news photographer reported from the crash site.
The deceased person was among armed robbery suspects in an SUV that crashed into another vehicle while being pursued by officers, according to Los Angeles police.
Officers spotted the SUV being driven recklessly and then learned it matched the description of a vehicle used by suspects fleeing an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven convenience store, said Officer Christopher No of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.
Broadcast footage from the scene showed bills and rolled coins on the pavement outside the crashed SUV, which had collided with a van, according to the photographer.
All northbound lanes of the freeway remained closed hours after the crash, and traffic was being diverted onto the Pasadena (110) Freeway, Villalobos said.
Traffic was being allowed to pass the crash scene single-file by using a transition road to the 110, then jumping a raised gore point to get back onto the northbound 5, but the wreck was causing a major backup as the morning rush got underway.