Child seriously hurt when car crashes into LAX terminal

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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.

Several lanes that were closed to traffic after the incident were reopened by 6:45 p.m., airport police tweeted.

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