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Three die in grisly 10-vehicle crash in Newport Beach


Three people were killed Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach when two cars collided and set off a chain-reaction crash that involved eight other vehicles, police said.

Lt. Bill Hartford of the Newport Beach Police Department said the crash occurred about 2:40 p.m at Riverside Avenue and West Coast Highway. More than three hours later, Orange County coroner’s workers were still working to remove the three victims, he said.

“They are all adults, but due to the violent nature of the traffic accident, it’s hard to determine their gender,” Hartford said. “It was a really violent collision.”

He said Newport Beach traffic investigators were just beginning to piece together exactly what caused the crash. A fourth crash victim, riding a motorcycle, was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana in critical condition.

Hartford said West Coast Highway could be closed from Dover Drive to Newport Boulevard into early Sunday morning.

-- Hector Becerra

Photo: Three people died in a chain-reaction crash in Newport Beach on Saturday. Credit: Laurie Morrison.


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Why did they take the motorcycle rider to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, when Hoag Hospital is less than a mile away?

Can't even determine their gender? Wow. I can't imagine what a wreck that must have been

Congratulations, "Orange County's Newspaper" didn't use the proper name of the street. I'm glad you did.

West Coast Highway or the Pacific Coast Highway? HWY 1.

i was at the scene of the accident ,not exacty sure what happened but sounded like an explosion from my office. It seemed as if one vehicle was speeding out of control southbound pch adn side swipped a car or two then continued on to run the intersection at riverside and pch causing mass destruction flying trhew the air. It was the most grusome thing i have ever seen. There were car peices that spread over 300 to 500 yards that flew threw store windows. Very sad for all families in volved . And for the ones involved who survied god must be in your sides

Wow, this is just horrific but what I don't get is that this portion of PCH is a maximum speed limit of 40 miles an hour max 45 I believe and is a very heavily commercial area. How could others not see a crash ahead? I don't get it. Sad, very sad.

What, and where, might "WEST Coast Highway" be, Hector (or are you now writing for a newspaper in Perth, Australia, the only place I know of with a road called West Coast Highway)?

Surely you mean PACIFIC Coast Highway.

That is very sad. May god bless their souls.

@ AL Hern: In Newport Beach, the stretch of road is called West Coast Highway, not Pacific Coast Highway.

A.L. Hern: PCH (CA 1) is called "Coast Highway" in Newport Beach. It is W Coast Highway west of Jamboree I believe, and E Coast Highway east of that point.

@ A.L. Hern...If you don't know where west Coast Highway is, you obviously don't live in Newport Beach.

The Western Med Hospital is the trauma hospital and ready for extreme injuries - crash victims are airlifted from the entire So. coast area - Hoag is ready for normal ER traffic.

I don't know why police don't aggressively enforce the existing traffic laws. Anyone going 100 MPH (and not killing themselves and others,) should not only be stopped and ticketed, they should spend a day (at least) in jail, and have their car impounded.

accelerator must of got stuck

happens alot

90 in a 40?...not really even possible if you wanted to

It was a 35 zone in high traffic area... The woman was speeding at 100 mph... So sad. Why do people drive so recklessly? I was driving down that same road just the day before. Makes you think a bit.


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