Two people were killed and two were hurt, including a deputy, after a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department patrol car collided with another car, officials said.
The collision between the patrol car and Ford Explorer happened about 4:30 p.m. near 17th Street East and Avenue R in Palmdale, said California Highway Patrol Capt. Gretchen Jacobs.
Officials have not said who was at fault in the crash.
"It's unknown whether the Explorer stopped for a stop sign or not, and we have conflicting information about that," Jacobs said. Officials did not know the speed either of the vehicles was traveling, she said.
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The Ford Explorer had four people inside when it spun out of control. The driver and front passenger were not hurt, but a man and woman in the backseat were thrown from the SUV and killed, officials said.
The deputy was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Video from the scene showed the patrol car on the side of the road with a smashed front end. A tan SUV could be seen near the scene of the crash with damage also on the front end.
Debris from the crash was scattered across the road.
The female victim was a 20-year-old woman, according to her family members, who were at the scene of the crash. The other victim was her boyfriend, relatives said.
The woman's family were screaming and crying as they mourned their loss.
"My daughter is dead, she is dead," the woman's father could be seen screaming. "That is not ok."
The deputy did not have the patrol car siren on at the time of the collision.
"We do not know at this time what he was responding to," LASD Capt. Don Ford said.
A witness at the scene said the intersection where the crash happened is known to be dangerous.
Additional details about the crash were not immediately clear.
First published December 15 2013, 12:19 AM