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Man killed in South L.A. crash, 6 injured

February 2, 2009 |  7:58 am

A man was killed and six people were injured today in a traffic collision in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

A Ford Explorer with four male passengers was traveling west on Manchester Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. when it collided with a green Ford Thunderbird, heading north on Main Street and carrying four female passengers, said Sgt. Ronnie Cato of the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division.

“One of the two ran the light, and speed had to be a factor as well, just judging from the debris that was on the street,” Cato said.

The Explorer’s driver, who may have been under the influence of alcohol, suffered major head trauma and was taken to a hospital, where he died soon afterward, Cato said. A passenger in the Thunderbird was ejected about 10 yards and was in critical condition, he said, and five other passengers, whose injuries were unknown, were also taken to local hospitals.

-- Corina Knoll