SANTA FE SPRINGS — A drunken driver is believed to be to be responsible for a crash that left a big-rig loaded with beer jack-knifed across the southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
The driver of an Audi sedan that collided with the big-rig was arrested following the 1 p.m. crash on the southbound 605 Freeway near Florence Avenue, California Highway Patrol Sgt. A. Aleman said.
His name was not available Wednesday, Aleman added. He was initially described as a 26-year-old South Gate man.
The truck driver was not hurt, and the Audi driver was treated for apparently minor injuries, Aleman said.
The Audi had just entered the freeway from a 5 Freeway transition road when it collided with the brew-hauling big-rig, which was already southbound in the No. 3 lane of the 605, officials said.
The wreckage forced the closure of all but the carpool lane on the southbound side of the 605 for about three hours
The crash was being investigated by the Santa Fe Springs office of the CHP.