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3 killed in 10-vehicle crash in Newport Beach

January 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
At least three people were killed and three others were injured Saturday afternoon in a major crash in Newport Beach. Emergency crews were at the scene at West Coast Highway and Riverside Avenue where 10 vehicles, including a motorcycle, collided just before 3 p.m.

"We were sitting up there and there were two vehicles in front of us and next thing you know that car was coming at us and it was in the air," said Sam Schudi, who witnessed the crash.

West Coast Highway was closed for several hours.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

"It appears to be an extremely violent traffic collision," said Lt. Bill Hartford of the Newport Beach Police Department. "Right now our traffic investigators are determining such factors as speed, trying to get information from witnesses as well as looking at the physical evidence that's involved."