On Saturday, January 15, 2011, a tragic multiple-vehicle crash occurred in Newport Beach between Highway 1 and the 55 freeway. The crash occurred on West Coast Highway at Riverside Avenue around 2:40 p.m. Police say that the crash involved ten vehicles, including a motorcycle.
Three people were killed in this Newport Beach car crash, and many others were injured and sent to area hospitals for medical treatment, including Hoag Hospital and Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.
Officials say that they believe these accidents were triggered by a car that was speeding over 100 miles per hour, but Newport Beach police have not yet announced who is to blame. The crash occurred at a three-way intersection. A Ford Taurus sedan collided with a Toyota Tacoma truck, sending the Taurus airborne for over 50 feet. The Taurus then crashed into a motorcycle and other cars. The police believe that the first crash caused the other eight wrecks.
Julia Allen, the 27-year-old driver of the Ford Taurus from Newport Beach, died in this crash. Christopher De La Cruz, a Laguna Niguel resident, 49, and 69-year-old Linda Burnett, of Santa Ana, were killed in the Toyota pickup truck.
Three people were seriously injured in this Orange County crash. One of the injured victims was a motorcyclist. Witnesses say that cars slid into the motorcyclist, critically injuring the biker. No names or conditions are known at this time.
Several cars came to rest on their sides, and there were mangled vehicles and carnage to clean up on the Pacific Coast Highway. The PCH was closed for hours due to clean up and investigation, and was reopened early Sunday morning.
We are saddened to hear of this tragic Southern California car crash. We offer our thoughts and condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. We also wish the injured victims a full and speedy recovery.