ARCADIA — An overturned SUV with an injured driver snarled the Wednesday morning commute on the eastbound 210 Freeway.
The crash was reported shortly before 8 a.m. on the freeway at Huntington Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Tatiana Sauquillo said.
A 56-year-old Pasadena man was driving a 1999 Mitsubishi Montero in the number three lane at about 60 mph prior to the crash, California Highway Patrol officer Kerri Rivas said in a written statement.
“(The driver) attempted to make a lane change into the number two lane and quickly realized there was another vehicle already established in that lane,” Rivas said.
“(He) swerved back into his own lane to avoid a collision. However, he lost control of the Montero and his vehicle rolled over,” the officer said.
The SUV came to a rest on its side, and the driver managed to climb out through the shattered windshield, officials said. He was hospitalized with moderate injuries including a broken arm and severe abrasions.
Firefighters and CHP officers briefly shut down all eastbound lanes of the freeway as they tended to the injured driver and moved the wreckage to the side of the road, officials said.
All but the carpool lane of the freeway were closed down for nearly an hour as a result of the crash. All lanes were re-opened, but remained sluggish, at 9 a.m.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by the Baldwin Park office of the CHP.