FONTANA (CBSLA) — One person was killed Monday after a big rig slammed into a large tree along the westbound 10 Freeway in Fontana.

The crash happened at about 1:30 a.m. just east of Cherry Avenue after the truck somehow lost control, went through a guardrail and hit the large tree. The driver suffered only minor injuries, but a passenger who was in the sleeper area of the cab was declared dead at the scene.

The truck was carrying liquid nicotine in 5-gallon buckets, some of which are leaking, prompting hazmat response.

(credit: CBS)

Traffic was backed up at least five miles behind the crash.


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