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Speed a factor in fiery crash that killed 5 in Burbank, police say

Speed a factor in fiery crash that killed 5 in Burbank, police say
Police and firefighters at the scene of an accident on San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank near the Scott Road exit from the 5 Freeway. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Burbank police are investigating the cause of a fiery single-car accident near the Scott Road off-ramp of the 5 Freeway in which five people died and one was injured early Saturday morning.

In a statement, police said it appeared that the Nissan was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed, lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment about 4:10 a.m.

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Officers who arrived at the scene found the sedan fully ablaze. An 18-year-old female passenger who escaped from the burning vehicle was transported to the L.A. County Medical Center, where she was being treated for injuries not considered to be life threatening.

After dousing the fire, emergency personnel discovered five charred bodies inside the vehicle. The Los Angeles County coroner's office was working to identify the victims and notify relatives.

Anyone with information about the accident was asked to call Det. Sam Anderson at (818) 238-3100.

"It's a horrific scene," Sgt. Darin Ryburn told a KABC-TV (Channel 7) news reporter.

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