Fiery, deadly wreck snarls Interstate 5 in Los Angeles

AP News
Posted: Apr 26, 2017 1:32 AM
Fiery, deadly wreck snarls Interstate 5 in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fiery collision Tuesday involving two big trucks and several smaller vehicles killed one person and injured 10 others while triggering a massive traffic jam on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles.

One of the injured was in critical condition, and the other nine had minor injuries, said Brian Humphrey, a Fire Department spokesman.

The person killed was big-rig driver, authorities said.

A dog also was killed.

Flames initially raged through the wreckage strewn across the southbound lanes. There was also a damaged car and trailer on the other side of the freeway divider.

Paramedics triaged the injured and took them away in ambulances.

Most of one tractor-trailer and the cab of a tanker truck were obliterated by the time Los Angeles and suburban Glendale firefighters extinguished the fire.

A small sedan was left wedged under the remains of the big-rig trailer, and a pickup truck was perched partially atop the center divider wall.

It took seven hours before the entire freeway was open again.

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California Highway Patrol Officer Ryan Bejar said the cause of the wreck was under investigation.

The crash occurred on a section of I-5 dubbed the Golden State Freeway between landmark Griffith Park and the Los Angeles River.

Interstate 5 is part of web of interconnected freeways in the Los Angeles region and is a corridor for long-distance trucking and travel as well as heavy commuter traffic.


AP reporter John Antczak contributed to this report.