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210 Freeway reopened in Sylmar after fatal big-rig crash

May 24, 2012 | 11:33 am


The 210 Freeway in Sylmar reopened Thursday about nine hours after a fiery head-on crash between a wrong-way driver and a big rig that left one woman dead.

The woman, whose name was not released, drove her car the wrong way up the Roxford Street onramp onto the freeway's westbound lanes about 2:15 a.m., said CHP Officer John Lutz.

The oncoming UPS truck tried to avoid hitting the car but the two vehicles collided, Lutz said. The car caught fire as one of the truck's two trailers toppled, crashing through the center divider into the freeway's eastbound lanes.

The truck driver was not hurt, Lutz said, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash shut down the freeway's eastbound lanes until about 10 a.m., Lutz said. All lanes opened about an hour later.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. Lutz said alcohol had not been ruled out as a factor.


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Photo: Crews work to clear the 210 Freeway in Sylmar after a fiery collision between a UPS tractor-trailer and a wrong-way driver early Thursday morning. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times