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1 dead, 2 critical in Southern California big-rig crash

Posted: October 19, 2012 2:39 p.m.
Updated: October 19, 2012 2:39 p.m.

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) — Three big-rig trucks and a car collided on a Southern California freeway Friday, killing one person and leaving two in critical condition.

The crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. on eastbound Highway 60 in Diamond Bar, according to Los Angeles County fire Inspector Tony Imbrenda.

One person died at the scene and two others had to be extricated from wreckage and were listed in critical condition, Imbrenda said.

Television reports showed one tractor-trailer truck on its side on the freeway about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

The overturned rig was carrying produce, which was scattered across the freeway when it flipped. The freeway was shut down in both directions for a time.

All eastbound lanes were expected to remain closed for several hours, which could cause delays during the evening commute, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. Freeway traffic was being diverted onto surface streets and toward Interstate 10 about five miles to the north.

The westbound side was reopened after a helicopter-ambulance took off with the injured.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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