Two women were killed and three
other women were seriously injured when a car hit a chain-link fence and a tree
on the Arroyo Seco parkway early Sunday.
Five women were in the 2011 Nissan Sentra that crashed while on the northbound freeway at Avenue 52 at about 1:30 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main.
Firefighters cut into the car to remove the women, and three were transported to hospitals, Main said.
Two passengers, Ana Cuadra, 22, and Blanca Belman, 23, were killed in the crash, said Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie.
The driver, a 23-year-old San Gabriel woman, was transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in serious condition, according to the California Highway Patrol.
She has since been charged with suspicion of drunken driving, CHP officer Antonio Polizzi said. Her name was not disclosed.
Paramedics also rushed two 23-year-old women to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena in serious condition, according to the CHP.
The CHP issued a SigAlert closing the northbound freeway at Avenue 43 for the rescue and investigation, said Officer Alex Rubio in the Traffic Management Center.
The freeway reopened shortly after 5:30 a.m.
— City News Service