Men killed in 605 Freeway crash identified

WHITTIER — Authorities Friday released the names of a Whittier man and a Baldwin Park man who died in a multi-car pileup on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway early Thursday.
Joseph David Acuna, 60, of Whittier and Carrasco Librado Anaya, 67, of Baldwin Park died at the scene of the crash, which took place shortly before 2:30 a.m. on the southbound 605 Freeway, just north of Whittier Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County Department of Coroner and California Highway Patrol officials.
The chain-reaction crash occurred over about eight minutes and began with solo-car crash into the center divider, CHP Sgt. Joe Zizi said.
A Honda Civic being driven by an 18-year-old Whittier woman crashed into the center divider and the woman exited her car, leaving it in traffic lanes as she walked to the right shoulder of the freeway, officials said.
Two minutes later, Acuna came upon the scene in his Chrysler 300 and crashed into the disabled Honda, Zizi said. Two minutes after that, Anaya’s Toyota Camry struck the crashed cars.
An Acura then avoided the wreckage but overturned in the process, Zizi said, just before a fifth vehicle — a Honda Civic — also struck the disabled cars.
The three other drivers involved in the five-vehicle wreck were unhurt, he added.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by the Santa Fe Springs office of the CHP.

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