1 Killed, 4 Injured When Minivan Strikes Truck In Downey

DOWNEY (CBSLA.com) — One man was killed and four people, including the driver, were hurt when minivan veered into the center left-turn lane on Lakewood Boulevard and struck a big rig late Friday night, Downey police said.

A 19-year-old man was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Astro Van south on Lakewood Boulevard when it rear-ended the truck that was stopped in the middle turning lane near Florence Avenue at 10:45 p.m., police said. An 18-year-old passenger in the van was pronounced dead at the scene. The 19-year-old man driving the van and three other passengers, all ages 17 and 18, were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2012 Freightliner tractor, which was pulling the 2001 Great Dane trailer the minivan struck, was not injured in the crash.

Downey police are seeking witnesses to the crash, and can be reached at (562) 904-2339.

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