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Fatal crash closes westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar

May 24, 2012 |  5:27 am

 

At least one person was killed in a fiery big-rig crash on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar early Thursday morning. The crash is expected to cause major delays on the morning commute.

California Highway Patrol officers were still at the scene of the crash, which was reported in the westbound lanes of the freeway near Roxford Street just after 2:15 a.m.

Officials were still working to determine what caused the crash, but CHP Officer Anthony Martin said it involved a sedan and a semi-truck that crashed through the freeway's center divider.

KTLA-TV reported that the sedan was driving the wrong way on the westbound lanes and was struck by a UPS truck that swerved trying to avoid the vehicle. One of the two trailers on the truck rolled over the dividing wall, the station said.

One of the vehicles caught fire, prompting a response from Los Angeles firefighters, spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The westbound lanes of the freeway are closed between Polk Street and Foothill Boulevard. It was unclear when they would reopen.

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