LOS ANGELES -- One person is in critical condition after a high speed race ended in a fiery crash early Sunday morning in Boyle Heights.
Officials say the drivers of two cars were racing on the Pomona freeway when one of them lost control and slammed into an SUV and then crashed into five other cars, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver in one racing vehicle was trapped and unable to get out with his car burning around him. Witnesses at the scene said Good Samaritans rushed to the trapped victim and extinguished the blaze with a fire extinguisher. However, the helpful bystanders were unable to free the trapped victim suffering from critical injuries. Robert Ramirez, who witnesses the accident, said "The car was on fire and the other car hit him. Some guy pulled over and he had a fire extinguisher and put out the fire with the victim in there."
Fire personnel rushed to the scene, cut the door and roof off the vehicle and transported him in critical condition to a nearby hospital. The other driver suffered injuries and was treated at the scene. CHP officers investigated the details and may arrest one or both drivers pending the outcome of their investigation.