Girl Dies in Freak Traffic Accident

A 14-year-old girl was impaled on an aluminum baseball bat and killed Wednesday when the car she was riding in was struck by an oncoming vehicle, authorities said.

Two other teen-age girls and an older man also suffered injuries in the crash, which occurred at 5:20 p.m. as the girls were turning left onto Tampa Avenue from Ingomar Street and were hit by the man's car, said Lt. Gary Lynch of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

The teen-agers were dressed in athletic clothing, sad Bob Collis of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The girl who died was riding in the back seat with sports equipment, he added.

"The license plate said something about fast-pitch softball," Lynch said.

The man, described as 60 to 65 years old, suffered minor facial injuries and was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

One of the two surviving girls was in serious condition Wednesday night. The other girl suffered minor injuries.

All were taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center. No names were released.

Officers from the Valley Traffic Division are continuing to investigate the incident.

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