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

The right two lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway near Ocean View Boulevard in Montrose will remain closed for the next few hours as authorities investigate a fatal big-rig accident in which one truck rear-ended another that was stalled, the CHP said.

The driver of the stalled truck told authorities he was traveling 50 mph in the far right lane when he felt a bump and thought it was a flat tire, said CHP Officer Andre Primeaux. Instead, a big rig hauling commercial products in a double trailer had slammed into the back of the truck.

“It was a massive, almost explosive collision,” Primeaux said.

The driver of the rear truck, identified as a 56-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the stalled big rig was uninjured and his passenger suffered minor injuries.

The Pennsylvania Avenue onramp to the eastbound 210 remains closed.

-- James Wagner

Earlier: One killed in big rig crash on 210 Freeway

 
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Sigh, I wish the local news sources would verify their facts. The accident happened in La Crescenta, not in Montrose.

Anybody else notice how many more incidents there are on the 210 now that they opened up the stretch near Rancho Cowabunga? Somebody's dying every few days.

Montrose is south of the 210 and is right at the Ocean Blvd exit as is La Cresenta which is the north side of the freeway. Since it happened in the eastbound lanes it is on the south side of the freeway hence it happened in Montrose. But then what difference does it make? They are both right there together; you can spit from one and hit the other! Chuck you need to find something to do!

Not only did LA Times get the city wrong by about 15 miles distance, the following paragraph makes absolutely no sense...

"The driver of the stalled truck told authorities he was traveling 50 mph in the far right lane when he felt a bump and thought it was a flat tire, said CHP Officer Andre Primeaux. Instead, a big rig hauling commercial products in a double trailer had slammed into the back of the truck".

How could the truck be "stalled" yet driving 50 MPH? Absolutely makes no sense what-so-ever.

I agree with the other poster about verifying information...does anybody copy check this stuff anymore???

Caltrans says that it was "Big Rig vs Parked Big Rig in Lanes"

see - http://www.sigalert.com/incidents.asp?Region=Greater+Los+Angeles&id=810090257#selected

Chuck Weiss:
Look at the map - Montrose and La Crescenta are one exit apart. It did happen in La Crescenta - but the nearest exit on 210 eastbound goes to Montrose. Do we really have to split hairs?

Makes me feel so sad, everyday another tragedy, car, truck, accidents, trains, angry people killing and hurting each other.
It doesn't matter, Montrose or La Crescenta, so close, a mile. That little stretch of fwy, when an accident happens there it's bad.

Chuck,
There's a fatal accident and all you care about is what city it's in??? Come on man!

Why does it take 14 hours to clear the damn freeway? This accident happened at 4am!

There is too much truck traffic on that freeway now . You can here the traffic way up by Deukmajian Park .

Speaking of Making No-Sense, other then the stalled truck traveling at 50 miles per hour...

The truck driver said he felt a small bump like a flat tire, but then immediately afterwards the officer says it was massive explosion? Which one was it?

A shout out to Big Jim Slade on his observations as to more accidents happening on the 210 ever since the extension was opened up eastbound from LaVerne through Rancho Cucamonga (Cowabunga...good one, LOL!) Seems the traffic jams are much worse also, at any point on the 210 between Pasadena and R.C.

Additionally, the stretch of the 210 where this accident took place is what I call "Speedster Alley". A lot of drivers are barelling through there at 90, 100 miles an hour, seemingly in a big rush to get to the Glendale Fwy. They cut over from the # 1 lane, they make last second lane changes, and quite a few slam on the brakes suddenly when they can't decide whether to stay on the 210 or take the Glendale.

I just try to drive as defensively as possible, sometimes, that is not enough for some poor soul who gets smashed into by a careless or selfish driver.

My uncle was the person killed this morning in that crash he will be greatly missed a wonderful man to me he was almost a father. descanse en paz tio lo queremos mucho.


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