INDUSTRY >> A man died and four other people were hurt in a six-vehicle pile-up on the 605 Freeway in Industry early Sunday, authorities said.
The deadly chain reaction crash took place about 2 a.m. on the southbound 605 Freeway, just north of Rose Hills Road, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The man who died was standing along the roadway, not inside a vehicle, when he was struck, Officer C. Izydorek of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs area office said in a written statement.
The circumstances of the collision remained under investigation and few details were available.
CHP logs show officials first received a report of a disabled vehicle in the carpool lane at 1:58 a.m. It had possibly struck the center divider.
Three minutes later, witnesses reported at least one additional car had smashed into the stopped vehicle.
CHP officers arrived to find four cars and two SUVs had become involved in the wreck, according to Izydorek.
“During the sequence of events, it is believed at least one of the vehicles struck the pedestrian, resulting in a fatality,” the officer said.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. His identity was not available Sunday pending positive identification and notification of family, coroner’s officials said.
It was not clear whether he had exited the original disabled vehicle, but the Driver of 2008 Nissan Versa involved in the pile-up was unaccounted for.
A 21-year-old Seal Beach man driving a 1970 Datson 240Z in the crash suffered major injuries, Izydorek said. His passenger, a Long Beach woman, suffered injuries described as moderate.
A man and woman who were in a 1998 Toyota Camry suffered minor injuries, officials said.
A couple riding in a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban, a couple in a 2015 Dodge Durango and a man driving a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro were unhurt, according to the CHP.
Currently, the California Highway Patrol is looking for any witnesses who may have witnessed this traffic collision,” Izydorek said. The CHP’s Santa Fe Springs area office can be reached at 562-868-0503.
Officials shut down all southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway for about seven hours following the collision, diverting traffic onto the 60 Freeway.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Rescuers flew two motorcyclist to a hospital on Sunday after they collided with deer in two separate incidents along Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest, officials said.
The collision were reported about 7:50 a.m. near mile marker 48, and at 12:38 p.m. at mile marker 44.37, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Michelle Bond. Both crash scenes are just north of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.
Both men were flown to hospitals by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Air Rescue 5, officials said. Updated on their conditions were not available.
The two similar incidents within five hours on the same stretch of forest road prompted the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau to urge caution via Twitter.
“Slow down & watch for wildlife on Angeles Crest,” read the social media post. “#LASD Air Rescue 5 airlifting rider from motorcycle vs deer crash for the 2nd time today.”
A nonstop series of motorcycle crashes Along Angeles Crest Highway has kept rescuers busy this weekend.
Officials handled at least five injury motorcycle crashes along the road on Saturday, including one that left a 26-year-old Palmdale man dead.
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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A motorcyclist died following a crash along Angeles Crest Highway deep in the Angeles National Forest on Saturday morning, authorities said.
The solo-vehicle crash was first reported about 7:45 a.m. along Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, near Angeles Crest Highway, in the forest north of the San Gabriel Valley, California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson said.
Geyson Armando Rivera Moreno, 25, of Palmdale died in the crash, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Kristy McCracken said.
He was riding a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R westbound at an unknown speed when, “for unknown reasons,” the cycle crossed over the double-yellow line into opposing traffic lanes, CHP Officer A. Lowery said in a written statement.
“The motorcycle overturned, and (Rivera Moreno) was subsequently ejected,” Lowery said. “(He) collided with the guardrail immediately south of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.”
Alcohol or drugs were not initially suspected as factors in the crash, he said. The investigation was ongoing.
The crash was one of at least five injury motorcycle accidents reported along Angeles Crest Highway on Saturday, officials said.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the CHP’s Altadena-area office during normal business hours at 626-296-8100.
SOUTH EL MONTE >> A driver killed after her car crashed in to a disabled big rig on the 60 Freeway in South El Monte on Thursday has been identified as a 49-year-old Walnut woman, authorities said.
Tiffany Chiali Yi Ching died in the 1:40 p.m. crash along the westbound 60 Freeway, just east of Santa Anita Avenue, according to Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
She was at the wheel of a 2018 BMW heading west on the 60 Freeway at an unknown speed just prior to the crash, Officer J. Calder of the CHP’s East Los Angeles-area office said in a written statement.
Ahead of her was a tractor-trailer stopped along the right shoulder of the freeway, near the Santa Anita Avenue offramp, due to a mechanical breakdown, the officer said.
“(The BMW driver) made a turning movement to the right toward the Santa Anita Avenue offramp,” he said. “The BMW struck the right, rear corner of the stopped commercial trailer, continued in a westerly direction, collided a second time into the commercial trailer and the redirected to the north and came to rest on the right shoulder of the offramp.”
Paramedics pronounced Ching dead at the scene at 1:54 p.m., Winter said.
An autopsy determined Ching died from “traumatic injuries” and the death was ruled accidental, he said.
The big rig driver suffered no injuries, according to Calder.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the CHP’s East Los Angeles-area office at 323-980-4600.
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SOUTH EL MONTE >> A woman died in a crash between a big rig and a car on the 60 Freeway in South El Monte on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The deadly crash took place about 1:40 p.m. on the westbound 60 Freeway at Santa Anita Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
“It appears to be a two-vehicle collision,” he said. Initial reports indicated the crash involved a big rig and a BMW sedan.
One woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Rubio said. No further description of the victim was available.
A Sig Alert was issued for the Santa Anita Avenue offramp of the westbound 60 Freeway as the investigation continued.
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EAST PASADENA >> Authorities have identified a San Gabriel man who died after his car struck a traffic signal pole at an East Pasadena intersection on Friday.
Hector Gregorio Araujo, 39, died in the 11:40 a.m. crash at Huntington and Sunny Slope drives in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Joyce Kato said.
He was at the wheel of a 2009 Pontiac headed west on Huntington Drive in the fast lane prior to the crash, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
“For reasons that are still under investigation, (Araujo) made an unsafe turning movement to the left where the front of his Pontiac collided with a metal pole at the west edge of the intersection,” according to the statement.
Paramedics pronounced Araujo, the sole occupant of the car, dead at the scene, officials said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Mohun of the CHP’s Altadena-area office at 626) 296-8100.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A 21-year-old Covina man died early Saturday when he was struck by a car on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights after exiting his car following a previous minor collision, officials said.
Aaron Joseph Sandoval died at the scene of the crash, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Joyce Kato said.
The crash was first reported about 3:05 a.m. on the 60 Freeway at 7th Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer C. Black said in a written statement.
Black said Sandoval was driving eastbound on the freeway in a 2004 Honda Civic and been involved in a collision with a Toyota Prius. He got out of his car, which was stopped between the carpool and fast lanes.
An eastbound 1990 Honda Accord being driven by an 18-year-old Joshua Tree man struck the pedestrian, Black said. The Accord then careened into a 2015 Dodge Challenger that was stopped in the carpool lane.
The impact threw Sandoval over the center divider and into the carpool lane of the westbound side of the 60 Freeway, according to the CHP. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
A woman riding as a passenger in the Dodge suffered major injuries, Black said. The man at the wheel of the Dodge and a teenage boy riding as a passenger were treated for injuries described as moderate.
No injuries were reported on the part of the Accord driver.
No arrests were made Saturday morning.
A Sig Alert affected lanes on both sides of the freeway through 8:50 a.m., according to CHP logs.
The crash remains under investigation by the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the office at 562-868-0503.
EAST PASADENA >> A man died on Friday after his car crashed into a traffic signal police in East Pasadena, authorities said.
The fatal crash took place about 11:40 a.m. at Huntington and Sunny Slope drives in the unincorporated county area, California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt said.
“We got a report of a vehicle into a pole, with an unresponsive male in the vehicle, trapped,” the officer said.
Paramedics pronounced the driver and lone occupant of the car dead at the scene, he said. He was initially described as a man estimated to be about 40 years old.
The crash was under investigation by officers from the CHP’s Altadena-area office. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the office at 626-296-8100.
PASADENA >> Authorities have identified an Alabama man who died in crash between his motorcycle and another vehicle on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena over the weekend.
Nathaniel John Larson, 21, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, died in Saturday’s 2:30 a.m. crash on the westbound 210 Freeway at Lake Avenue, according to Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner.
Larson, initially described by officials as 23 years old, was riding a motorcycle when it collided with the rear end of another vehicle traveling in front of him, California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brant said.
Paramedics pronounced Larson dead at the scene, he said. The driver of the other involved car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
The crash is being investigated by officers from the CHP’s Altadena-area office. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the office at 626-296-8100.
PASADENA >> A man died following a collision between his motorcycle and a car on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena on Saturday, officials said.
The fatal crash took place shortly after 2:30 a.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway near Lake Avenue, California Highwway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt said.
Initial investigation indicated the motorcle struck the rear of a car traveling in front of it, the officer said.
Paramedics pronounced the rider, described as a 23-year-old man, dead at the scene, he said.
The driver of the involved car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
A Sig Alert was issued for the two right-hand lanes of the westbound 210 Freeway as the investigation continued Saturday afternoon.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the CHP’s Altadena-area office at 626-296-8100.