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3 Women Killed In Fiery Big Rig Crash On 57 Freeway

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GLENDORA (CBS) — Three women were killed early Monday morning when a big rig collided with a pickup truck on the southbound Orange (57) Freeway in Glendora, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The accident in happened on the southbound 57 at Auto Center Drive and was reported at 2:47 a.m, said CHP Officer Krystal Carter.

Officials say the pickup truck had a flat tire and was trying to exit the freeway when it was rear-ended by a Walmart big rig. The truck then caught fire when the fuel tank ruptured, CHP officials said. Two passengers where able to escape the fire, while three women, who were all related and between the ages of 47 and 62-years-old, were killed.

The CHP reopened all southbound 57 Freeway lanes around 7:15 a.m.

It was unclear if the big rig driver was injured in the crash.

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