- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 28, 2008

CALIFORNIA

Fiery vehicle pileup kills 5, injures 16

LOS ANGELES - A 4-year-old child was in critical condition yesterday after a fiery six-vehicle crash that killed two adults and three children and injured 16 people.

A van going through an intersection slammed into a second van that had sped through a red light Monday and “made it go airborne,” setting off a chain reaction that set three vehicles ablaze, melted a traffic signal and scattered debris across the intersection, said police Officer Karen Smith.

Three of the dead were children traveling in the first van. A 12-year-old boy was ejected from that vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, Officer Ana Aguirre said. A 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy from that van died later, Officer Aguirre said.

Also in the van were three other children and a man and woman who were injured, but police could not say yesterday whether they were one family.

Two people in the van that ran the red light in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles were burned beyond recognition in the vehicle.

NEW YORK

Eight injured in shootings

NEW YORK - A string of shootings in a New York City neighborhood sent eight people, including half a dozen teenagers, to hospitals with gunshot wounds, police said yesterday.

All of the victims were expected to recover.

The six teens were found near Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, where a crowd had gathered. It was not clear whether they were wounded at the park or as they fled when gunfire erupted about 10:15 p.m. Monday, police said.

The victims - between the ages of 13 and 18 - were found on several blocks along Lenox Avenue, from 125th to 128th streets.

They had been shot in the chest, thigh, torso, abdomen or foot, police said. A 15-year-old girl had been grazed on the forehead.

No arrests had been made.

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