LANCASTER, Calif. (September 22, 2013)—A collision between a car and a pickup truck Saturday night on a rural desert road in northern Los Angeles County, left four young people dead and three others critically injured.
County fire spokesman Tony Akins told KNBC-TV that firefighters arrived at the scene in Lancaster to find both the sedan and the pickup in a ditch and four people already dead.
Three survivors were taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Police said the driver of one of the vehicles ran a stop sign and the vehicle broadsided the other, sending both into the ditch.
Video from the scene showed a badly smashed green truck and red pickup, and a road so covered in debris it was difficult for tow trucks and rescue vehicles to get past.
The victims' names and ages were not immediately released.
The dead appeared to be in their teens or early 20s.
Lancaster is a Mojave Desert city about 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.