3 Dead When Car Crashes Over A Bridge And Lands Into LA River

(FOX 11 / CNS) A car veered off an offramp on the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway and into a canal by the Los Angeles River in Long Beach this morning, killing three people, authorities said.

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The crash off the Anaheim offramp of the 710 Freeway was reported at 4:07 a.m., said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk. "One car with four passengers -- three men and one woman -- landed on the rocks by the water on its roof,'' Fisk said.

"All the victims were in their 20s.'' Long Beach Fire Department dispatched several units to the scene, including the urban search and rescue team, Fisk continued. "Our units extricated all four victims from the car and one man was transported to a hospital with moderate injuries,'' Fisk added."Unfortunately, the other three victims -- two men and a woman -- were pronounced dead at the scene.'' Their names were withheld pending family notification.

The crash shut down the northbound and southbound offramps at Anaheim Street, Fisk said. The cause of the crash was not known. It was under investigation by the Long Beach police and fire departments.

From Christine O'Donnell:

Long Beach - Three people in their 20's were killed after a car crashed into the LA River Friday morning. One, survivor was transported to a local hospital.

Long Beach Fire Spokesperson Brian Fisk says the accident happened around 4:15 a.m. The car, he's says, plunged over the side of the road and landed on its roof in the canal.

A total of four people were in the car at the time of the crash. All, we're told are in there 20's.

Battalion Chief Jim Arvizu says his team had to use the jaws of life to rescue the one survivor. He says the male was able to speak with EMS at that time.

The deceased include two males and one female. The surviving male was transported to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

The Anaheim Street on and off ramps on the 710 freeway are expected to be closed until noon.

The cause of this crash is under investigation.

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