IRVINE (AP) — Four people were injured, three critically, and a dog was killed in a traffic collision that involved at least nine vehicles including a jackknifed big rig on an Orange County freeway.
The California Highway Patrol says the pileup occurred just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday in wet weather on the northbound 405 Freeway in Irvine.
Capt. Greg McKeown of the Orange County Fire Authority says a woman and a girl were trapped and had to be cut out of one vehicle. They are hospitalized in critical condition. A dog died in the same vehicle.
McKeown tells the Orange County Register than a man was partially thrown from another vehicle.
All five northbound lanes were closed for about a half hour.
Officers at the crash site said there were large amounts of oil and gas left on the roadway.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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