Girl Killed, Mother Burned in Fiery Crash

Gelani Taylor was rushed to County-USC Medical Center with burns over 80 percent of her body

By Scott Weber
|  Monday, Oct 3, 2011  |  Updated 5:49 AM PDT
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A 27-year-old woman suffered burns over 80 percent of her body when she was involved in a fiery wreck that killed her daughter on the 101 Freeway near Calabasas.

Gelani Taylor was rushed to County-USC Medical Center after Saturday's roll-over accident.

Taylor was driving southbound on the 101 early Saturday Morning near the Malibu Canyon-Las Virgenes Road overpass with her 9-year-old daughter, Jayla.

Taylor apparently lost control of the vehicle, crashed into the center divider, then collided with a tanker truck causing the car to overturn and burst into flames. 

Several bystanders tried to help. They were able to pull Taylor from the wreckage.

The daughter died in the fire, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"She's rolling in pain, on fire, and her skin is falling off," Dale Johnsen told a reporter at the scene. "I was shocked at first. I thought it was a horror movie."

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

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