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Two children killed, two injured in Lynwood car crash

September 3, 2012 |  7:07 pm

A 26-year-old woman was arrested Monday after she lost control of her car on the 710 Freeway in Lynwood in a crash that killed two of the four children in her vehicle, authorities said.

The driver, who was not identified, was in critical condition at Long Beach Memorial Hospital late Monday, California Highway Patrol Officer Tatiana Sauquillo said.

Two girls, 4 and 6 years old, were killed in the crash, which occurred at 9 a.m. Monday on the northbound 710 Freeway just south of Imperial Highway. Two boys were also injured; a 5-year-old boy was in critical condition at the Long Beach hospital and an 8-year-old boy sustained minor injuries. Sauquillo said the woman was the mother of at least some of the children but could not confirm which ones. The children's names were not released.

She was driving a black Honda Accord when she made an “unsafe turning movement to the right” for unknown reasons, according to the CHP accident report. The car left the roadway, traveled down an embankment and rolled over, striking a tree. One witness told officers that the car was traveling at “high speed” but Sauquillo could not confirm how fast the car was traveling.

Authorities said all passengers were wearing seat belts.


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