Three people were killed and one critically injured in a 10-car crash at Riverside Avenue and West Coast Highway in Newport Beach on Saturday afternoon, police said.
Traffic investigators were expected to work through the night piecing together what started the crash at about 2:43 p.m. The scene stretched hundreds of feet across West Coast Highway, with glass and pieces of the cars strewn across the asphalt. Police closed the street between Newport Boulevard and Tustin Avenue.
Officials had not identified the dead as of Saturday night, pending notification of next of kin. No children were among the dead or injured. Two people were taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian with minor injuries and one person was taken to Santa Ana's Western Medical Center in critical condition.
"It was a wall of cars coming at us," said Sam Schudi, who's from Minneapolis.
Schudi was sitting in the left-turn lane facing east on West Coast Highway at Riverside Avenue when a gold Ford Taurus came flying at his vehicle, with the Taurus's rear end landing on his car's front hood. Witnesses reported seeing a second car airborne, too.