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Two killed, three injured in street race in Wilmington

Two people killed, three injured in what police say was a street race on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington

Two people were killed Thursday and two others were seriously injured when their car spun out of control during a street race in Wilmington and crashed into a passenger van, according to Los Angeles police.

A third person, the woman driving the van, suffered minor injuries.

Los Angeles police Lt. Darryl Martin said that two cars were racing on westbound Pacific Coast Highway when the driver of one of the cars, possibly a Honda Civic, lost control and headed into traffic going the opposite direction, crashing into the van.

The other car drove off.

The collision occurred in the 300 block of West Pacific Coast Highway, near Island Avenue. The fire department received a call about the crash at 3:16 p.m.

Martin said that because PCH is wide in that area, racing is not uncommon. "Unfortunately, these things happen," he said.

KNBC-TV Channel 4 reported that the two dead were students at Banning High School. Police could not confirm that information.

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