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Police Release Video of Fatal Woodland Hills Crash in Effort to Track Down Drivers

"I really thought it was a bombing," a witness said.

New video showing the violent impact of a fiery Woodland Hills crash that left three dead was released by police Monday in an effort to track down two drivers.

The video shows the moment Saturday night when a white Mercedes-Benz pulling out of a gas station at 20900 Ventura Blvd. was struck by a black Mustang traveling west. The Mustang, traveling very fast, collides with the Mercedes in an explosive impact, and continues going down Ventura. 

The Mustang then collides with a 2015 Chevy Malibu, and strikes a parked black Honda, and another car.

In the video, bystanders can be seen running toward the crashes down the street.

At least eight people were treated, and five were taken to the hospital, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The driver and two passengers inside the Mustang were killed, the LAPD said.

The Los Angeles County Coroner Monday identified one of the three killed in the crash as Mubarak Alqashout, 20.

Two were seriously hurt in the fiery wreck that witnesses said consumed the intersection, shutting down the boulevard.

The Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance video Monday in an effort to track down the driver of a 1980s Chevrolet Tahoe. Police also want to question the driver of a late-model four-door sedan, not seen on the footage.

It wasn't immediately clear what role the drivers may have played in the crash other than serving as potential key witnesses in the investigation.

Bystanders wasted no time jumping into action with buckets of water and fire extinguishers after two people became trapped in one of the cars.

"It was a huge sound and there was fire and there was a lot of panic," Sherry Younesi. "Everyone was trying to flee the scene."

The witnesses helped keep flames at bay until firefighters arrived, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Three people involved in the collisions refused treatment at the scene.

"We heard a big bang and I looked out the window and there's a huge fire," said Jenny Eliav said. "I really thought it was a bombing."

The two drivers involved in the crash remain in serious condition. 

Witnesses said speeding and racing is a problem in the area. 

Anyone with information on the crash or the drivers sought by the LAPD is encouraged to call Detective D. Larkin at (818) 644-8115 or Detective W. Bustos of Valley Traffic Detectives at (818) 644-8021.

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