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Two men and a woman were killed and three other people were injured in a four-vehicle collision in Manhattan Beach that closed a stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard for hours overnight, authorities said Wednesday.

The crash was reported at 9:46 p.m. Tuesday at Sepulveda and Marine Avenue, according to the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

Christian Mendoza, 48, of Redondo Beach was in one of the vehicles and died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Katie-Jay Scott, 40, also of Redondo Beach, and a man in his 50s were in another car and they also died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported. The man’s name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives.

Two adults were taken to a hospital in serious condition and a juvenile was taken in critical condition. One vehicle crashed into a nearby building, and Sepulveda Boulevard was littered with debris from the collision.

“Based on the catastrophic nature of the collision and the volume of debris at the scene, it would appear that someone was driving very fast,” a police spokesman told City News Service when asked if speed was a factor in the crash.

The circumstances of the crash were under investigation.

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