Five people were killed in a fiery crash on Jamboree Road this afternoon, and police said to avoid the area until at least 2:30 a.m. Tuesday while they investigate.
The crash occurred when an Infiniti heading south on Jamboree Road veered off the road near Island Lagoon Drive about 5:22 p.m. today.
The car struck a tree in the center divider, split in half and one half of the car was engulfed in flames, said Kathy Lowe, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.
Four people in the car were ejected and were declared dead at the scene, she said. A fifth person was partially ejected and taken to a trauma center, where the person was declared dead, she said.
Additional details about the crash and information about the victims’ identities was not available.
A police alert issued by email and text message at 6:39 p.m. Monday said to avoid Jamboree Road from East Coast Highway to San Joaquin Hills Road for the next 8 hours “due to a major traffic collision.”
City Manager Dave Kiff acknowledged the crash in an email blast that previewed Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
“I’ll close tonight with two comments – first to honor those who died in service to our nation (and their families and colleagues) this Memorial Day,” he wrote. “Here we are by the coast on a beautiful near-summer day and yet the true reason for the holiday is not beaches and BBQs. Second – equally sobering – is to see the news as I write this of five people killed in an awful single-car wreck along Jamboree Road near the Hyatt tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with military families and with the families of the people who died just tonight, as well as with the first-responders to the scene.”
Newport Beach Fire Capt. Glenn White said that 14 fire department employees and five fire units were dispatched.