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One killed in big-rig crash on 210 Freeway

Latest story: Portion of 210 Freeway in Montrose remains closed after fatal big-rig crash

An accident in Montrose killed a trucker and snarled traffic on the 210 Freeway this morning, authorities said. A big-rig truck rear-ended a stalled big rig before 4 a.m. just west of Ocean View Boulevard on the eastbound 210, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Connolly.

The driver of the rear truck was killed and pronounced dead at the scene, Connolly said. He was identified as a male in his early 50s. The driver of the stalled truck was uninjured.

Authorities are investigating the accident and expect that a portion of the freeway will remain closed for several hours. Only the far left lane is available to motorists.

-- James Wagner

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The 210 is a popular place for Truckers to park on the side of the road. Especially popular is the westbound 210 ramp at La Tuna Canyon where they will even park on the ramp itself. Last year on the eastbound side 2 rigs colided and the freeway was tied up all day due to some hazardous materials on one of the trucks. I've called CHP repeatedly and Cal Trans as well. The only result was some metal stakes that the truckers ran over and the words painted on the side of the road saying "emergency parking only". They probably can't see this cause they are parked on top of it. Will the CHP ticket these guys? No way, they will drive right past these guys and give you a speeding ticket though, speed kill you know. And besides, their boss told them to give out speeding tickets not parking tickets, that's for meter maids. Remember Speed Kills! Especially when you speed right into an illegally parked truck.


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