SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) --Two people were killed Tuesday morning when their SUV crashed into a palm tree and burst into flames in South Los Angeles.
The single-car crash occurred in the 400 block of. W. 58th Street just after 1 a.m., according to L.A. Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.
LAPD Sgt. Allan Radina said the SUV was traveling northbound on Figueroa Street when it crossed W. Slauson Avenue and struck a large palm tree on the northeast corner of W. 58th Street and S. Figueroa Street.
"We're looking at the possibility that he lost control and hit the railroad tracks right there on Slauson and Figueroa, which caused him to lose control and eventually collide into the tree," Radina said.
Based on the twisted wreckage, investigators say it appears the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Firefighters arrived quickly and put out the flames. The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police do not believe alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash. The investigation is being led by the LAPD's South Traffic Division.