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5 die as car slams into tree, splits in half before it catches on fire

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POSTED May 28, 2013 1:50 a.m.

NEWPORT BEACH  (AP) — Police say five people from a single car were killed when it ran off an Orange County street, hit a tree and split into two pieces.

Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe tells KNBC-TV  that the Infiniti sedan veered off Jamboree Road at about 5:20 p.m. Monday and hit the tree, splitting in half then catching fire.

Lowe says four people were ejected from the car and died immediately. A fifth was partially ejected and was later declared dead at a hospital.

No names or other details about the dead were immediately available, and the cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

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