Two fiery crashes left two people dead and blocked all lanes on the westbound 91 Freeway in Fullerton for several hours early Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said.
The first crash was reported at 1:29 a.m. Callers to the CHP said a gray Honda was on fire and debris was scattered across all lanes of the freeway just east of Brookhurst Street. One passerby said people were trying to get someone out of the burning vehicle.
All lanes were blocked at Euclid Street.
One person died, but no other information was available early Saturday.
The second fatal crash occurred at 2:40 a.m. at Euclid, the CHP said. According to the incident log, three vehicles were involved — two were on their sides and one was overturned completely. One caller reported three people trapped inside a vehicle, and one vehicle was on fire.
As with the first crash, one person died.
The CHP would not speculate on whether the second crash was caused by the backup from the first incident.
All lanes of the freeway had reopened by about 7:10 a.m.
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7:55 a.m.: This article was updated with information about lanes reopening.