PASADENA ( — Two people were killed Thursday in separate big-rig accidents within three hours and just four miles apart on the 210 Freeway.

The first collision involved six vehicles, including three big rigs, around 12:15 a.m. on the underground transition road of the eastbound 210 Freeway to the eastbound 134 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said.

“Our units arrived and found three big rigs and three passenger vehicles. Two of the big rigs were overturned,” Officer Ming Shu said. “One of the big-rig rivers was confirmed deceased on scene.”

The victim was identified only as a 50-year-old man from Arroyo Grande. Two people were also injured in that crash, which kept the transition road closed for 24 hours. It reopened Friday shortly after midnight.

One person was killed and two others injured in a six-vehicle crash that  in the San Gabriel Valley.

Just before 3 a.m., a second accident on the eastbound 210 Freeway also claimed a life, this time of a 33-year-old big-rig driver from Moreno Valley. This crash happened near Madre Street, about four miles east of the first incident.

Shu said the truck hit the center divider and the driver was ejected, landing on the Gold Line light-rail tracks that run down the center of the freeway. No other vehicles were involved and no other injuries were reported.

The driver’s body and the big rig’s trailer ended up on the tracks, according to the CHP.  Rail service between the Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations was interrupted until late in the morning, officials said.

“We want to remind drivers to slow down, definitely leave early for your destinations and check the condition of your tires before you hit the road,” Shu said.

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