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.