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Crash scene

A speeding car whose driver swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle slammed into this tree and burst into flames, killing three teenagers and leaving two others critically injured. (Anne Cusack / LAT)
A piece of debris from the accident lies in front of the tree struck by the speeding car. (Anne Cusack / LAT)
Chris Mesa, 19, a good friend of the teens involved in the wreck, picks through the rubble. (Anne Cusack / LAT)
David Fornelli (left) , 18, grieves for his friends at the scene of their accident. (Anne Cusack / LAT)
Karla Matewsky, 16, from Florida, hugs a friend of the teens in the car crash. She heard it and came out to the scene last night. (Anne Cusack / LAT)