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Daughter dies, mother severely burned in 101 accident

October 1, 2011 | 11:49 am

UCLA Medical Center helipad
A 9-year-old girl burned to death and her mother was severely burned when their car overturned and burst into flames on the Ventura Freeway (101) on Saturday morning.

The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the highway near Las Virgenes Road, according to a California Highway Patrol officer Ed Jacobs.

The accident forced the closure of all eastbound lanes for an hour. One lane is now open but the rest of the eastbound lanes will be closed until early afternoon, Jacobs said. Traffic is now backed up for several miles.

The mother apparently rear-ended a big rig, then lost control of her car. It overturned and burst into flames, Jacob said. The mother was able to crawl out of the vehicle, but could not rescue her daughter, he said.

The mother was flown to UCLA Medical Center with burns over 80% of her body.


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Photo: Sikorsky H3 rescue helicopter prepares to land on the helipad, during a dry run, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The mother was flown to UCLA Medical Center with burns over 80% of her body. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times