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St. Patrick's Day crash in Pasadena leaves four with major injuries

March 19, 2013 | 11:05 am

Four people suffered major injuries Sunday in a fiery car crash on the Ventura Freeway in Pasadena that occurred after a suspected drunk driver lost control of his vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 6:40 p.m. near the Orange Grove Boulevard exit after the eastbound driver struck the center dividing wall and collided with a second vehicle that burst into flames after the collision.

Passing motorists rescued occupants from the burning car, according to a CHP report.

A 49-year-old La Crescenta man was driving a 2010 Dodge Challenger at a high rate of speed when he attempted to change five lanes from the far right lane to the far left lane of the eastbound 134, lost control and struck the center divider, according to the report.

The force of the impact flipped the Challenger, which then collided with a 2002 Nissan Sentra that was traveling eastbound at 65 miles per hour. The Sentra, occupied by two Las Vegas residents, then burst into flames.

A 47-year-old Pasadena man who was a passenger in the Challenger was also hurt.

The names of those involved in the crash were not immediately available. All were transported to area hospitals.

The driver of the Challenger faces charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol, according to authorities.


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