LOS ANGELES – A 9-year-old girl was in serious condition and two others were injured Sunday after a car crashed into a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The car crashed into the external “utility room” above a stairwell at the LAX’s Terminal 7 before 5:20 p.m., the fire department tweeted. Three patients, included a driver and passenger, sustained “non-life threatening injuries” and a child pedestrian was critically injured, KTLA reported.
A preliminary investigation determined the driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake causing the car to accelerate and hit the girl, officials said at a news conference.
A photo of the scene appeared to show the back end of a gray car, which appeared to be a newer-model Porsche Panamera without license plates, sticking out from the terminal as a crowd looked on.
Video taken by a passing motorist showed more than a dozen firefighters and LAPD officials responding to the scene as airport security directed vehicles away from the crash.
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Several lanes that were closed to traffic after the incident were reopened by 6:45 p.m., airport police tweeted.