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Two drivers die in Long Beach car accidents

February 6, 2009 |  1:03 pm

Two people died in two separate car accidents in Long Beach this morning, but it was unclear if rain was a factor, authorities said.

Humberto Sanchez, 27, of Downey, was driving east on 2nd Street about 2 a.m. when his 2001 Lincoln crashed through the metal guardrails of the 2nd Street Bridge, fell dozens of feet and landed on its roof on Appian Way, according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department. Sanchez died at the scene.

“The car veered off of the bridge and broke through the barricade,” spokeswoman Lisa Massacani said.

Less than two hours later, a 23-year-old man from Wilmington was driving west on Pacific Coast Highway near Caspian Avenue when his 1995 Ford Mustang swung right and struck a street light pole. He died at the scene, Massacani said.

-- Corina Knoll