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1 dead, 3 injured in Calif. big-rig crash

Posted: October 20, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2012 9:00 a.m.

Officials investigate a fatal crash involving a big rig on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif., Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. One person died at the scene and three others were injured, according to officials. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan)

 

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) — Three big-rig trucks and a car crashed on a Southern California freeway Friday, killing one person and injuring three, two of them critically.

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. Another person suffered minor injuries.

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.

Traffic on the eastbound side was backed up for several miles, causing delays into the evening commute. Two lanes were reopened around 6 p.m., the rest about an hour later, the California Highway Patrol said.

Freeway traffic was diverted onto streets and toward Interstate 10 about five miles to the north.

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