RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A woman and a 3-year-old girl were killed today when a motorist lost control of his vehicle and plowed into a city bus stop.
The wreck happened at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Tyler Street, near an entrance to the Galleria at Tyler Mall.
Riverside police Officer Bryan Galbreath told City News Service that a man driving a new four-door Kia sedan was headed west on Magnolia when he inexplicably "swerved across traffic lanes, struck a light pole, went onto the sidewalk and struck a bus stop bench."
Four people were hit. The woman, identified only as a city resident in her 20s, and the child were killed. Neither Galbreath nor Riverside Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Bock could confirm whether the two were related.
One of the victims was pinned underneath the car, requiring firefighters to use hydraulic jacks to extricate her, according to reports from the scene.
Two pedestrians were rushed to Riverside Community Hospital with serious injuries, Galbreath said.
He said the driver, whose identity was not released, was detained for questioning.
Officers shut down the heavily used intersection -- Magnolia is an artery that runs roughly east-west through the city -- for an investigation. Galbreath said the closure was mainly snarling traffic going east on Magnolia and advised motorists to find an alternate route through the city.
Traffic coming off the Riverside (91) Freeway was being permitted to use the northbound side of Tyler, reducing congestion, according to Galbreath.
It wasn't known whether alcohol or drugs might have played a part in the wreck.