Woman Killed, 3 Children Hurt In Multi-Vehicle Crash On 5 Freeway In Irvine

posted by City News Service - 

IRVINE (CNS) - A woman was killed and nine other people, including three children, were injured in separate accidents this morning on the southbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway near the Alton Parkway exit in Irvine.

Firefighters responded about 1:30 a.m. and located nine vehicles and multiple victims, which included children ages 11, 10 and six-months, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito said.

Eight patients, including the three children, were rushed to trauma centers, Bommarito said. A woman was transported to hospital with minor injuries, he said.

The first crash involved two vehicles. The second accident occurred minutes later as a tow truck driver was trying to slow traffic in the area, said Bommarito.

The six-month old child was in the same vehicle as the woman who was killed, he said. The two other children were in a different vehicle.

All southbound lanes of the freeway will be closed for several hours while the California Highway Patrol investigates the crash.

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