Four people died and another was in critical condition following a crash in Orange County that left a vehicle severed into two parts early Saturday, officials said.
Authorities responded to the crash about 1:30 a.m. near the southbound 5 Freeway off-ramp at El Camino Real in San Clemente, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators said a white BMW was traveling at a high speed when it crashed into a light pole and tree, ejecting three males and one female. They were pronounced dead on arrival, officials said.
Officials identified the victims as: Pablo Vargas Diaz, 25, of San Juan Capistrano; Martin Junior Nieto, 26, of Laguna Niguel; and Lucia Garcia Solis, 27, of San Juan Capistrano. The fourth deceased victim has been tentatively identified but release of the name is pending confirmation.
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Another female inside the vehicle was airlifted to a hospital where she was in critical condition and suffering from life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
The main cause of the crash is still under investigation, and it could not be confirmed whether alcohol played a factor, officials said.
Two tow trucks were used to haul the wreckage.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash was urged to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at 714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011.