High speed Los Angeles car chase ends in dramatic fireball

By David Ferguson
Thursday, February 7, 2013 9:35 EDT
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Crashing car becomes fireball via KTLA
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A high speed car chase on a Los Angeles freeway came to a dramatic end when the driver lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a guard rail, causing the car to erupt in a dramatic ball of fire.

Police had fallen away from the fleeing driver, who was operating a late model Ford Mustang, which he pushed to speeds of 110 miles per hour and beyond. To avoid traffic accidents and risks to other drivers, Los Angeles police no longer pursue vehicles beyond a certain speed, but rather fall back into “surveillance mode.”

The suspect lost control of his vehicle after rapidly approaching another vehicle from the rear, spinning out of control and slamming into the guard rails on either side of the highway. The Mustang exploded into flames, then came to rest, still burning.

In the video, officers approached the wreck with caution as a police helicopter shone a bright spotlight on the scene.

“Wow, what a crash,” said KTLA’s traffic correspondent from a news chopper over the wreck.

The driver was reportedly rescued from the vehicle.

Watch the video, embedded via KTLA, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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