Child Dies, Others Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash on 60 Freeway - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Child Dies, Others Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash on 60 Freeway

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SOUTH EL MONTE (CNS) - A multi-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in South El Monte Thursday morning left a 5-year-old girl dead and several other people critically injured, blocking the entire freeway for hours in both directions.


The crash involved at least eight vehicles and occurred about 5:45 a.m. 
at Santa Anita Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. Two of the vehicles caught fire, the CHP reported.


Eleven people were transported for hospital treatment, five of them in 
critical condition, according to the Los Angeles County fire department. A 5-year-old girl died at a hospital, coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. Her name was withheld, pending notification of her relatives.


According to the CHP, the tanker truck, carrying a load of milk, crashed 
into some vehicles that were slowing or had stopped ahead of it, and the truck then slammed into the center divider, coming to rest on top of it.


Arriving firefighters decided to push the truck off of the center 
divider and onto the westbound side of the freeway "for safety reasons" -- to prevent it from toppling over onto passing vehicles, according to the CHP. Some diesel fuel spilled, along with some of the milk.


All lanes on both sides of the freeway were blocked while crews worked to clear the scene. Shortly after 10 a.m., three westbound lanes nearest the center divider were reopened, but the remaining two lanes remained blocked.


Three eastbound lanes reopened around 10:30 a.m., and the remaining eastbound lanes reopened shortly after 11 a.m., the CHP reported.


A witness to the wreck told KNX Newsradio that he ran with a fire extinguisher to the wreckage. He and other good Samaritans helped pull at least two women from the wreckage, and witnesses also attended to the driver of the big rig, who was suspended upside-down in the cab of his truck, still in his seat belt. The driver was able to unhook the seat belt, and the witnesses pulled him to safety.


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