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UPDATE: 1 dead in fiery crash off I-5

Search for possible second victim called off

Posted: November 5, 2012 6:54 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2012 7:56 p.m.

Firefighters inspect the Cadillac that was found about 75 feet down an embankment off Golden State Highway on Monday night.


One motorist was killed Monday when the individual’s car plunged 75 feet down an embankment and caught fire between a frontage road and Interstate 5 north of Castaic.

“We have one person DOA,” said Inspector Bernard Peters of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, referring to a body found dead upon firefighters’ arrival at the scene.

The age and gender of the driver were unknown following the single-car crash and fire, which blackened the car and about three-quarters of an acre of brush, Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Savage said at the scene.

Helicopters equipped with searchlights were called in by fire officials to help find what they believed was a second victim of the crash, but that search was canceled when investigators determine there was only one victim at the scene.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the car went off the edge of the southbound Interstate 5 or the adjacent frontage road, Golden State Highway, near Templin Highway, investigators said.

The gully where it wound up was between the two roadways, and the initial investigation could not determine which the motorist was driving, Savage said.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department responding to the crash reported finding one person dead inside the burning Cadillac.

Firefighters had the roadside brush fire knocked down at 5:54 p.m., said Fire Department Inspector Brian Riley.

“We then requested aerial lights from the (Los Angeles County) Sheriff’s Station to help search for a second victim,” he said, referring to a Sheriff’s Department helicopter.

About 6:30 p.m., the request for aerial assistance was canceled, Peters said.



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