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Fatal crash shuts eastbound 60 Freeway until after 6 p.m.

October 19, 2012 |  3:07 pm

A truck driver was killed in a crash involving three big rigs on the 60 Freeway, and all eastbound lanes are expected to remain closed at Diamond Bar Boulevard until later this evening, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The crash, which occurred at 11:05 a.m., may have been caused by a collision between two big rigs. A third big rig struck them, then overturned, said CHP spokesman Vince Ramirez. One of the drivers, a male, was killed. Two others remain in serious condition, he said.

The overturned big rig spilled fuel onto the freeway, and one of the trucks dumped dozens of boxes of bananas onto the road.

The crash prompted the closure of all eastbound lanes and at one point backed traffic up for eight miles. CHP officials say traffic remains backed up for four miles, and that the eastbound lanes will not be reopened until 6 p.m. at the earliest.

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

The CHP expects delays on both the eastbound 10 and the northbound and southbound 57 freeways as a result of the closure of the eastbound 60.


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