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Two die when their car struck by truck on 60 Freeway

March 3, 2011 |  7:12 am

Fatal big rig accident on 60 Freeway

Two women died in an early-morning accident Thursday on the eastbound 60 Freeway in Industry.

The victims, who haven't been identified, were in a silver Nissan Altima, authorities said. Their car was struck by a big rig that jackknifed through the center divider on the wet road at about 1:40 a.m.

The truck was transitioning from the southbound 605 Freeway to the 60 Freeway. The women, who were trapped in the wreckage, were pronounced dead at the scene, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Ed Jacobs.

The accident also caused a gas spill from the truck, authorities said. Rescue workers transported the truck's driver to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 

During the clean-up and investigation, officers closed the entire eastbound 60 Freeway, directing drivers off the highway at Peck Road. Officials said they had hoped to reopen the freeway at 7 a.m., but operations were taking longer and were expected to last past 7:30 a.m. Traffic on the 60 Freeway was backed up for miles.

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 Photo: KTLA News

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