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Metro worker killed in crash after driver flees Hollywood traffic stop

Fatal car accident in Hollywood

L.A. police officers investigate the scene of a fatal car accident at Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street.

(Patrick T. Fallon / For the Los Angeles Times)

Two men were killed in a fiery crash early Monday after a driver fled from a police traffic stop in Hollywood and crashed into a Metro van, authorities said. 

The crash at Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street occurred just before 2 a.m., police said.

A patrol unit had pulled over a silver Chevrolet Camaro around 1:30 a.m., and an officer was questioning a passenger outside the car when the driver took off, according to Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Tony Im. 

Police told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that the Camaro had been pulled over near the area of Sunset Boulevard and Argyle Avenue.

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The crash occurred roughly half a mile from where the Camaro driver sped off, and caused the van to burst into flames. The Metro employee, identified as a man in his 50s, died at the scene.

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The Camaro driver was taken to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead. Police said it was not clear why he took off from the traffic stop.

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