June 20, 1995 in Nation/World

Eight Killed In Drunken-Driving Accident

Compiled From Wire Services

A car jammed with 11 people crashed in flames after being hit from behind by a pickup truck with an allegedly drunken driver at the wheel. Six children and two adults were killed.

The driver of the pickup fled and was arrested after witnesses tracked him down, police said.

The crowded car, a 1968 Plymouth Valiant, was struck on a freeway late Sunday about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. The car crashed into the center divider, overturned and exploded into flames, said firefighter Stephen Thomas.

The driver of the pickup, Teodolo Gallardo Bermudes, 35, who has three previous drunken driving convictions, failed an intoxication test at the scene, police said.

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