Three dead, one critical after car smashes into tree in Venice


Above: Two men and a woman died in the fatal accident. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A tragic accident late Monday afternoon claimed the lives of two men and a woman when a car they were in smashed into a tree and overturned late Monday afternoon in Venice. A fourth person was critically injured.

The crash was reported about 4:55 p.m. at 171 Via Marina Court, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Three patients, a man and woman believed to be 20-25 years old and another man believed to be 18 to 25, were pronounced dead at the scene and another person was taken to a trauma center, according to Officer Alex Rubio of the California Highway Patrol, which was investigating the crash.

Two of the victims were trapped in the wrecked sedan, which ended up on its roof, and firefighters worked to free their bodies, Scott said.

The other two were ejected from the car, Scott said.