Five Irvine, California teens were killed Monday evening after a violent crash that left a car in pieces.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, three girls and two boys – apparently high school-aged teens – were killed in the crash, which took place in Newport Beach. The car the teens were riding in ran into the center divider of the roadway. It then veered off the road, struck a tree, and burst into flames. The impact of the car hitting the tree sheered the vehicle in half.
Police arriving at the scene initially thought two vehicles were involved in the accident. Four of the teens were thrown from the vehicle during the crash, and one ended up in the back seat of the car. The four who were thrown from the car were pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was taken to a nearby hospital before being pronounced dead. Police are currently trying to use fingerprints to identify the teens. An investigation into the circumstances of the crash has also begun, including how fast the car was traveling and whether drugs or alcohol could have played a part.