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6 injured, including 1 critically, in Long Beach freeway crash

July 2, 2009 |  8:54 am

Six people were injured, one of them critically, in a five-car collision on the eastbound 91 Freeway in Long Beach early this morning, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to the report of an injury accident and a vehicle on fire shortly before 5 a.m. on the freeway at Paramount Boulevard, said spokesman Jackawa Jackson on the Long Beach Fire Department’s blog.

“There were five vehicles involved in the collision," Jackson said.

The car was on fire when firefighters arrived, but the driver managed to climb out before it was engulfed in flames. About a dozen firefighters spent 10 minutes trying to extricate a passenger from one of the wrecked car.

Five people suffered moderate to minor injuries, and one was critically injured. All but two were treated at nearby hospitals. The cause of the crash was under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

—Ruben Vives