LOS ANGELES — A multi-vehicle accident in the metro area left at least five dead and eight injured on Thursday, authorities said.
A pregnant woman was one of three adult victims and her fetus did not survive, California Highway Patrol said.
A 3-year-old was also killed, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation.
At a news conference Thursday night, California Highway Patrol said the remains of another victim were found in the wreckage.
Two adults and six minors were taken to area hospitals after the crash, Highway Patrol spokesman Franco Pepi said.
The crash was reported around 1:40 p.m. at an intersection in Windsor Hills, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The extent of the injuries and additional information about the dead, including whether they were in vehicles or pedestrians, was not immediately available.
At least six vehicles were involved and three were in flames when Highway Patrol arrived, Pepi said. It was not clear how many of the vehicles were part of the initial collision.
The agency is investigating the cause of the accident and the said speed is a contributing factor.
A sedan was traveling south on La Brea Avenue before hitting another vehicle at the intersection, Pepi said.
The sedan would have run through a red light, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Video of the wreck of NBC Los Angeles showed at least two mutilated and burned vehicles on a curb.
Todd Miyazawa contributed.