Speeding driver suspected in crash, vehicle fire that closed Laguna Canyon

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Two vehicles were engulfed in flames after a collision on Sept. 30 at Canyon Acres Drive and Laguna Canyon Road. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach Police Department.

A speeding driver is suspected of causing a traffic collision and vehicle fire that closed Laguna Canyon Road in both directions for about three hours Wednesday afternoon.

Laguna Beach police and firefighters responded to a traffic collision at 3:27 p.m. involving multiple vehicles at Laguna Canyon Road and Canyon Acres Drive, Lt. Jim Cota said. Arriving officers discovered six vehicles were involved and two were engulfed in flames.

A photo of the collision’s aftermath shows black smoke and flames billowing from a white sedan and white pickup truck. Four people were transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo with major injuries.

Traffic was diverted and one lane in each direction was opened for the majority of the time, police said.

“The initial assessment is that the driver of one involved vehicle was traveling at an excessive speed, crossed over the center median and caused the multi-car crash,” Cota said.

This incident is still under investigation by motor officers.

Laguna Beach firefighters extinguish a vehicle fire after a traffic collision at Laguna Canyon Road and Canyon Acres Drive on Sept. 30. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach Police Department
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  1. Regarding firey crash on LCR. On 10-16-2014 Caltrans develuped and puplised a documnt called DD-64-R2. here is the document. https://betterbike.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Caltrans-Deputy-Directive-DD-64-R2-revised-2014-10-17.pdf
    Owr City councl can at there will ask Caltranns instutute the changs nessissary to LCR that will vertelly elminate auto crashs. The first step must be to educate our City Councel. Here is the Action Plan. https://www.sfcta.org/sites/default/files/2019-03/CompleteStreets_IP03-10-10.pdf

    Michael L Hoag 415 Loma Terrace, Laguna Beach, CA 949 494 5960


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