Three people were killed Friday and two were injured in a wrong-way crash on the 5 Freeway in Sylmar, authorities said.
The crash was reported on the northbound 5 near the transition ramp to the northbound 14 Freeway about 3:30 a.m. Firefighters extricated several people from the wreckage, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A Honda Accord was traveling the wrong way on the freeway when it collided with a Ford Mustang, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The impact sent the Mustang crashing into another vehicle.
Two people in the Honda died at the scene, and a passenger in the Mustang later died at the hospital, the CHP said.
A person in the third vehicle suffered minor injuries and has been released from the hospital.
Authorities said alcohol or drugs likely played a role in the crash.
The ramp to the 14 Freeway was closed until 8:30 a.m. as the California Highway Patrol investigated the crash.
Alejandra Reyes-Velarde contributed to this report.