GRANADA HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A fatal accident between a big rig and two Toyota sedans forced the closure of the westbound Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway through the San Fernando Valley early Monday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.
The accident happened around 3:40 a.m. just east of the White Oak Avenue exit.
The CHP says the accident was a result of a chain of events starting when a Toyota rear-ended a big rig in the number four lane.
“That vehicle was stalled in the number four lane, and subsequently, a Toyota Celica rear-ended this unknown Toyota with two occupants in it, we believe causing a vehicle fire,” CHP Officer Leland Tang said.
Two people were killed in the burned out car. The driver the Toyota Celica, a 29-year-old female, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, Officer Tang said.
The CHP issued a SigAlert for all westbound lanes. Westbound traffic was diverted to the San Diego (405) Freeway.
The scene was cleared just before 9 a.m.