One person was killed and at least five others injured in a major, six vehicle accident including three big rigs on the 210 Freeway early Thursday morning in Pasadena.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place at approximately 12:15 a.m. on the two-lane transition from the eastbound 210 to the eastbound 134 Freeway, where three passenger vehicles and three big rigs collided in a massive, debris scattering accident that left two of the big rigs overturned.
One person, an Arroyo Grande man said to be in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene while three others were rushed to area hospitals with varying injuries. Two others complained of pains while at the crash site, though it is not known if they were also hospitalized.
At this time the specifics of the accident are unclear. CHP investigators closed down the underground transition tunnel in an effort to piece together the order of events, and the tunnel could remain closed until the afternoon. “They’re trying to recreate the scene and the sequence of events, so they’ll be taking a lot of measurements and it’ll take them quite a bit of time,” said CHP spokesperson Ming Hsu.
During the closure, drivers looking to reach Pasadena are being rerouted to the southbound 2 Freeway onto the eastbound 134.
Less than three hours later, and just four miles east of the accident site, another fatal crash occurred involving a big rig that struck the center divider, killing the driver and spilling debris onto several lanes and nearby Metrolink train tracks. The crash closed multiple lanes of the eastbound 210 near the Madre Street exit, and also the Metro Gold Line between the Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations in Pasadena.
In Santa Ana, overnight rains led to another fatal accident that also hospitalized four others. According to the Santa Ana Police Department, the crash occurred at around 12:10 a.m. as a vehicle lost control and crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of North Fairview and West 9th streets.
A total of five ambulances were rushed to the scene following the accident, which was given a “mass casualty alert”. One passenger was pronounced dead, while the driver and three others were rushed to a nearby hospital for moderate to serious injuries. Initial indications suggest that wet weather combined with high speeds led to the vehicle’s loss of control.
In wet weather conditions, it is important to slow your speeds, increase your following distances, and brake and accelerate more gradually to account for the reduced traction. It is also important to avoid large pools of standing water, which can cause a dangerous loss of control and accidents.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a wet weather accident, you should seek help. Depending on the circumstances that led to your accident, you may be entitled to compensation from those at fault to help pay for the damages that you’ve received.
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