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Two women and four children were killed Tuesday in a fiery big-rig and van wreck, while the women’s husbands tried in vain to save their families’ lives, officials said.

A CHP officer described the scene as “horrific” as the husbands desperately tried to save their families. The husbands had to be restrained from the flames by officers for their own safety.

The two families, both from Northern California, were traveling together in a van when they were involved in a non-injury crash at about 3:30 a.m. and pulled over to the side of the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway in unincorporated Gorman, near Gorman School Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

While they were parked there, partially blocking the slow lane and the right shoulder, the two husbands got out of the van before it was struck by a big rig going about 55 mph, firefighters said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the van went down an embankment and burst into flames.

The two men — identified as Aaron Hon Wing Ng, 34, of San Francisco and Wei Xiong Li, 45, of Daly City — were taken to a hospital to be treated for burns on their faces and hands, sustained when they tried saving their families, CHP officers said.

Officers Dan Williams and Jeff Burdick were on their way to the scene before the big rig struck the van, and they told reporters Tuesday that the vehicle went up in flames very quickly.

“Words can’t describe what that was like,” Williams said. “It was very horrific seeing them trying to get their families out, us trying to help get their families out.”

The CHP officers told reporters that they had to hold back the fathers from the flames because it was too dangerous to try to save the women and children.

Burdick said it was hard to pull Li and Ng away from the fire.

“We just held them,” Burdick said. “That’s all we could do.”

The two women and four children died at the scene, and their identities have not yet been released.

The big-rig driver and the driver of a black BMW involved in the original non-injury crash were not injured during the incident, officers reported.

—City News Service

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