LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The sole survivor of a fiery single-car crash that killed three people in South Los Angeles was undergoing surgery this morning, police said.

The car crashed into a light pole in the 800 block of South Manchester Avenue near Hoover Street around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Three people trapped in the wreckage “were beyond help,” she said.

The surviving victim, a man of around 20, was ejected and seriously injured, Main said.

He was undergoing surgery this morning, said Sgt. N. Vargas of the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division, which was investigating the crash.

The car, a Chrysler Sebring convertible, was eastbound on Manchester when it struck the pole, Vargas said.