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60 Freeway partially reopens after fatal crash, closure

October 19, 2012 |  7:27 pm

60 Freeway closure

Three lanes of the eastbound 60 Freeway reopened shortly after 6 p.m. Friday following a fatal crash that resulted in a seven-hour closure at Diamond Bar Boulevard.

The California Highway Patrol hopes to have the freeway completely open by midnight.

The accident, which happened just after 11 a.m. Friday, occurred near where the 60 and 57 freeways meet and snarled traffic throughout this critical interchange in the eastern San Gabriel Valley. At one point the backup extended for eight miles. Freeways throughout the region were affected as motorists tried to find ways around the closure.

CHP spokesman Vince Ramirez said the accident occurred when a box truck and a big-rig collided, 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 dozens of boxes of bananas onto the road.

“Anytime there is fatality, we have to do a long-term closure in order to conduct an extensive investigation,” Ramirez said.


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Photo: One of the trucks involved in Friday's fatal crash on the 60 Freeway spilled its load of bananas. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times