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Eastbound 60 Freeway completely reopened

October 19, 2012 |  9:52 pm

All eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway at Diamond Bar Boulevard opened shortly after 7 p.m. Friday night, several hours ahead of an earlier estimate from the California Highway Patrol.

The closure followed a fatal crash that occurred about 11 a.m.

The crash occurred when a box truck and a big-rig collided and then a second big-rig struck those vehicles and overturned. One man was killed and two others remain in serious condition.

The overturned big-rig spilled fuel onto the freeway, and one of the trucks dumped loads of bananas and tomatoes. As the CHP looked into the cause of the accident, clean-up crews were busy collecting debris and spreading sand to make the roadway safe.

The accident took place where the 60 and 57 freeways meet, and the back-up extended at one point for eight miles. Freeways throughout the region were affected as motorists tried to find ways around the closure.


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