7 people treated for injuries after car overturned, bursts into flames in Mid-City area
LOS ANGELES – Seven people, including a toddler, were being treated today for injuries that they suffered when a car overturned in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles and burst into flames.
The accident occurred around 11:20 a.m. Sunday, when the driver of a small coupe missed an exit on the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway but tried to get off anyway, collided with another vehicle, causing the coupe to overturn at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence.
The engine compartment of the car caught fire, he said, adding that the blaze was quickly put out by 40 firefighters.
Seven people were inside the small car, including a 2-year-old boy who was ejected, he said.
The car’s seven occupants were transported to local hospital with injuries ranging from serious to critical, Spence said. The vehicle that collided with the coupe on the freeway sustained minor damage and its driver was treated at the scene.
The toddler was not secured in a car seat as required by state law, Spence said.
The accident was under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division.