POMONA (CBSLA) — One person was killed in a crash that left one car wedged under a big rig on the eastbound 10 Freeway through Pomona.
The crash happened at about 4:30 a.m. Monday just west of White Avenue, approaching a multi-vehicle pileup also involving a big rig at Garey Avenue that happened a couple of hours earlier.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a driver in a Hyundai sedan appeared to rear end a big rig at high speed and became trapped. A woman in her 70s in the passenger seat of the car was fatally injured.
That big rig had stopped in a middle lane, approaching a multi-vehicle pileup at Garey Avenue that happened at about 3:40 a.m. That non-injury crash left a big rig fully engulfed in flames and left several lanes shut down, with just one open for traffic to crawl through.
A CHP statement said the fatal collision occurred when the driver failed to slow down for the stopped big rig. Alcohol or drugs was not suspected as a factor in the crash.
The driver was hospitalized with “major” injuries, and the driver of the big rig was not hurt.
A traffic backup stretched for several miles. It’s not clear when all lanes would be fully reopened.
It’s not clear if overnight rain played a role in either crash.