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Three die in grisly 10-vehicle crash in Newport Beach

January 15, 2011 |  6:43 pm


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.