Man Killed in Fiery Crash Near Long Beach Airport

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LONG BEACH (CNS) - A man was killed this morning in a fiery solo-vehicle crash near the Long Beach Airport.

The crash was reported at about 10:30 a.m. in the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Wardlow Road, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Cadillac SUV was going south on Lakewood Boulevard at a high rate of speed when it struck the center median, north of Wardlow Road, then traveled southeast across northbound lanes of Lakewood Boulevard before striking the traffic signal on the northeast corner of the intersection, police said.

The impact with the traffic signal caused the SUV to spin and roll over, crossing Wardlow Road. The vehicle hit a tree along the south side of Wardlow, east of Lakewood Boulevard.

At some point, the SUV burst into flames, police said. People in the area put out the flames with fire extinguishers and were trying to free the man from the SUV when firefighters arrived. Firefighters got the man out of the vehicle, provided life-supporting measures and took him to a hospital where he died from his injuries, police said.

The victim was not identified at the scene, police said.

The investigation was ongoing and anyone with information was asked to call Detective S. Loughlin or Detective K. Myers at 562-570-7355 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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