Investigators Friday were working to determine if excessive speed, drugs or alcohol played a role in a fiery crash on the Golden State (5) Freeway in the Newhall Pass area, where an SUV slammed into a stopped big rig, killing four people, one of them a young child.

The crash was reported about 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the northbound side of the freeway, north of Weldon Canyon Road and south of Calgrove Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both vehicles caught fire as did some brush next to the freeway.

Four people in the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene. The big rig driver was not injured, the CHP reported.

“Excessive speed, alcohol and/or drugs may be a contributing factor for the cause of this collision, however, a thorough investigation is ongoing,” according to a CHP statement.

CHP Officer Josh Greengard told NBC4 the big rig “was parked on the right shoulder for reasons unknown … The van veered to the right shoulder and crashed into the rear of (the) big rig that was stationary. Subsequently, everything caught on fire. We have four people dead, with one of them being under 10 years old.”

The names of the deceased were withheld pending family notifications.

The crash closed three northbound lanes of the freeway. All lanes were reopened by about 9:15 a.m.

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