The Orange County Register reports that a crash in Orange on Saturday, July 9, killed four people and injured four more after a speed car crashed into a railroad signal.
According to police investigators, at approximately 2:45 a.m., an Orange Police officer was conducting a routine traffic stop near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Glaswell Street when he heard another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed traveling southbound on Glassel.
The officer finished the initial stop and followed a Nissan Altima. Eventually, the officer lost sight of the vehicle. A short time later, the driver of the Nissan lost control after failing to negotiate a turn in the area of Orange-Olive Road. The car rolled over and crashed into a utility pole, a railroad crossing, and some fencing at Orange-Olive and Taft Road intersection.
The officer pulled up to the scene to find the car lying on its side and in flames. Seven bodies of occupants of the vehicle that had been ejected in the crash were on the ground surrounding the car.
According to a statement by Sgt. Phil Mcmullin of the Orange Police Department, there were five minors in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Two children, a boy, and a girl, died at the scene. Authorities had not released the ages of either child at the time of the report.
A 26-year-old man was also killed in the crash.
Three children, two boys and a girl, survived the crash and are listed in critical condition. Officials have identified the driver as 19-year-old Azaria Fuller of Exeter. He was also critically injured in the crash.
Investigators found a nitrous oxide tank and balloons at the crash site. Police suspect speed, alcohol, and drugs contributed to the fatal crash.