A 6-year-old girl died and a 2-year-old girl was critically hurt after a woman crashed into a power box and her vehicle caught on fire in the Stevenson Ranch area Monday, the California Highway Patrol said.
The crash occurred near Old Road and and Pico Road around 9:45 a.m., CHP Officer Josh Greengard said.
Witnesses said the woman was driving recklessly and ran a red light before crashing into an electrical pole and a tree, CHP Sgt. Zachary Emmons said.
The vehicle, apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, veered onto the wrong side of the street before striking a curb, a sign and a traffic signal, a CHP collision report stated. The vehicle then continued and struck a traffic signal, a tree and a SoCal Edison power box before stopping, the report continued.
After the car came to a stop, it caught on fire and a good Samaritan pulled all three people from the car, according to the CHP.
Arriving officers from the CHP said they found the woman naked, but the good Samaritan said that the woman had a dress on, though it was pulled up. He said the woman was unconscious on the ground.
The mother was expected to recover, Emmons said.
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The area was closed off for an unknown duration of time.
Editor's note: Details of the crash regarding those involved and how they were found have been updated after authorities released new accounts of what happened.