In the aftermath of the crash, one of the motorists, Whittier resident Dealio Lockhart, 35, was arrested and could face vehicular manslaughter charges, the CHP reported.
The 5 Freeway remained closed in both directions this afternoon at Washington Boulevard as officials investigated the crash and worked to remove the debris.
The collision on the southbound 5 Freeway at Garfield Avenue took place just after midnight, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.
Lockhart, driving a Dodge Challenger, was racing a Dodge Charger southbound, when he saw a slower moving vehicle ahead and was attempting to get around the vehicle, at the same time that vehicle was trying to move to the right, the CHP said.
Lockhart applied his brakes, lost control of his car and struck the left side of a UPS tractor trailer, which became airborne, hitting a gray Nissan and shearing off the top of the Nissan.
The tractor trailer came to rest on top of a red Ford Explorer on the northbound side of the freeway, north of Washington Boulevard. The tractor trailer immediately became engulfed in flames.
``It was fully engulfed and there were explosions at the scene from the truck which could have been tires exploding or the gas tanks,'' Villalobos said. ``We just don't know yet.''
Debris from the collision struck a Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Silverado, which were traveling on the northbound side. The driver of the tractor trailer -- a man -- and two people inside the Nissan were pronounced dead at the scene.
Paramedics rushed two other people to County/USC Medical Center with major injuries, the CHP reported.
L.A. County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Miguel Ornelas told City News Service that two more people suffered minor injuries and were transported to another hospital.
Debris was spread across all the southbound lanes. The crash also created a nightmare for motorists, backing up north and southbound traffic on
the freeway for miles, according to the CHP.
A SigAlert was issued closing all northbound and southbound lanes of the freeway at Washington Boulevard at approximately 12:14 a.m. That full freeway closure was still in effect this afternoon, and was expected to last until 8 p.m.
Anyone with any information regarding the crash was asked to call the CHP's East Los Angeles office at (323) 980-4600 -CNS Fast Furious 1 Fast Furious 2 Fast Furious 3 Fast Furious 4 Fast Furious 5 Fast Furious 6
Born: September 12, 1973, Glendale, CA
Died: November 30, 2013, Valencia, CA
Height: 6′ 2″
"You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae."
"I'm a crazy car guy. I've got an airplane hangar full of cars....
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This incident affects me immensely, but primarily because I never got to tell this man thank you for what he has inspired me to do over the years. Paul Walker and his character in the Fast & Furious movies launched my interest for all cars, ranging from JDM/import tuners to European supercars. Outside of the big screen, he really impacted my view of the Southern California car community because he was so active in it. Going to track days and car meets and interacting with everyone there, he showed that he was a genuine car guy all around and never let his fame get in the way. Simply put, he was one of the main people responsible for my getting into cars and later getting into car photography, which is an enormous part of my life.
I compiled this video of 40 sports/supercar accelerations that I feel like he would have appreciated a lot (he passed away at age 40, hence the number). I made sure to incorporate everything that he loved, from JDM tuners to European supercars. He had a huge soft spot for R34 GTR Skylines, but unfortunately those aren't legal here in the US (although he did manage to get one in somehow)