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Fatal, fiery street race crash shuts down 5 Freeway

Three people were killed and at least four others injured late Friday night after authorities say a street race on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles County led to a fiery crash involving up to eight vehicles.
Three people were killed and at least four others injured late Friday night after authorities say a street race on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles County led to a fiery crash involving up to eight vehicles.
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A street race just after midnight on the 5 Freeway near Commerce led to the deaths of three people and a big rig in flaming ruins, according to authorities.

At 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, a Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger were racing in the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway just north of Triggs Street when the Challenger lost control and hit a UPS big rig, said Officer Tony Polizzi of the CHP to KPCC.

The collision caused the big to smash into the center divider wall and then stop in the northbound lanes of the 5, where it then hit six more vehicles. The truck was engulfed in flames.

The driver of the truck and two other people were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Challenger was arrested, and Polizzi said he faces vehicular manslaughter charges. Authorities are still looking for the driver of the Charger.

According to Caltrans and the CHP, the 5 Freeway could be closed throughout the day: 

https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7/status/703674488378896384

https://twitter.com/CHPsouthern/status/703688775721840641

This story has been updated.