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

April 9, 2009 |  2:31 pm

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