SANTA MONICA—On November 29, a fatal crash involving several vehicles occurred on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. One of the vehicles reportedly caught fire during the collision.

The incident occurred during early morning, when one of the vehicles, a 1998 Plymouth Breeze, crashed into the freeway’s center divider.The vehicle then stopped and was facing the wrong direction on the roadway when a Ford Explorer smashed into it and killed the woman inside. The cause of the violent collision is unclear as of press time.

“According to the preliminary report, the crash occurred on the Santa Monica westbound (10) freeway near Crenshaw, at 4:48 a.m.” Eric Scott, of the Los Angeles Fire Department, told Canyon News.  “There were possibly four vehicles involved, possibly one on fire, and two rescue transports to a local hospital.”

The fatality victim is believed to be a 54-year-old woman from Bell; however, her identity is not being disclosed while her relatives are being notified of the accident. One of the vehicles in the incident became enveloped in flames, but it is unknown if the woman had been inside the vehicle when she had been killed.

Scott told Canyon News that the precise number of rescue transports is unknown. However, it is believed that one individual suffered serious injuries and two suffered minor injuries during the accident.  No other fatalities have been reported.

A closure was placed at the westbound (10) and two eastbound lanes.  Two of the lanes reopened at around 8:40 a.m., and the other lanes were reopened approximately an hour later.

Scott reports that no additional information on the occurrence is currently available.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation.