An extensive traffic accident resulted in the death of three people at the scene and two others in critical condition Sunday on the road to San Francisquito Canyon, according to firefighters.
Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher Robert Diaz said three people were pronounced dead on arrival and two others were seriously injured and transferred to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital by ambulance.
The fire department received a call for an extensive traffic collision with multiple patients around 4:10 p.m. at San Francisquito Canyon Road and Riverview Road in Saugus.
The traffic accident also caused one of the vehicles to catch fire, but firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze around 4:37 p.m.
According to CHP Officer Patrick Kimball, CHP officers were also at the scene of the collision and provided traffic management. CHP officers closed San Francisquito Canyon Road as emergency personnel assisted and worked at the scene.
Kimball said CHP officers redirected traffic near Quail Trail and Lady Linda Lane.
A Valencia resident said she was driving down San Francisquito Road with her 2-year-old to see her parents when the crash happened right in front of her. The resident asked not to be named as she did not want any further attention while she was processing the experience.
“I was driving behind the blue van and the speed limit on San Francisquito Road, I believe, is 55 mph. He was going about 45 mph, so under the speed limit,” the eyewitness said. “The white BMW is probably coming at around 90 mph straight into the van.”
“It happened literally in the blink of an eye. The BMW wasn’t swerving at all and he went straight into the van. I guess he lost control because he was driving too fast.
According to the eyewitness, she was able to veer off the road and not hit the cars involved in the head-on collision because she was driving as slowly as she was.
“There were flames instantly, and it was just awful,” she said. “I’m definitely shaken right now. Three people died, two are in critical condition. I had my 2 year old son in my car. If I had passed the blue car, it would have been me. It is simply devastating to see people lose their lives today, and it could have been avoided. »
Her family lives on property off San Francisquito Road, she added, and they have witnessed several fatal collisions with cars.
“We see people driving well over the speed limit and hardly ever see anyone getting pulled over,” she said. “Enough is enough, because it’s just risking people’s lives at this point.”
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