UPDATED: Truck spills gravel onto 210 Freeway in Arcadia

ARCADIA — A gravel truck spilled its cargo on the 210 Freeway in Arcadia Wednesday, snarling afternoon traffic for hours, officials said.
The mishap occurred just after 3 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway, just east of Santa Anita Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.
A truck spilled it’s load of tiny rocks into the roadway, initially blocking all lanes and damaging more than half-a-dozen other vehicles on the roadway, Kimball said. No injuries were reported.
Only the carpool and left lane of the freeway had been opened as of 4:45 p.m., he said.
A Sig Alert remained in effect on the freeway until all lanes were cleared shortly before 6 p.m., according to CHP logs.

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Compton man killed in Downey motorcycle crash

DOWNEY >> A 29-year-old Compton man died early Saturday in a motorcycle crash on the Bellflower Boulevard onramp to the 105 Freeway, authorities said.
The name of the rider was not released pending notification of family members, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner officials said.
The crash took place about 2:55 a.m., CHP Officer Peter Bishop said. The rider exited the eastbound 105 Freeway at Bellflower Boulevard on a Yamaha motorcycle just prior to the crash, CHP Officer Peter Bishop said. His speed had not been determined.
“For an unknown reason, he continued straight through the intersection,” Bishop said.
The motorcycle traveled toward the Bellflower Boulevard onramp to the eastbound 105 Freeway, striking a raised concrete curb on the south side of the ramp. The collision through the rider from his motorcycle, and he struck a light pole.
Downey Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene at 3:03 a.m.

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Irvine man killed in crash on 210 Freeway in La Verne

LA VERNE — An Irvine man died and another man suffered major injuries after their car was struck by a dump truck while stopped along the side of the 210 Freeway in La Verne early Wednesday, authorities said.
Gregory Ashe, 34, died at the scene of the 3:15 a.m. crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway at Fruit Street, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
A second man who accompanied him was hospitalized with major injuries, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.
It was not initially clear which man had been driving the Lexus ES 300, or why it was stopped along the shoulder, Jimenez said.
A dump truck approached the Lexus traveling at an unknown speed in the right-hand lane, the officer said. The truck veered off the roadway and struck the rear of the Lexus, Jimenez said.
“It was a hard collision,” he said.
Ashe was pronounced dead at the scene. The second man was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, however no citations or arrests were made at the scene, Jimenez said.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for all eastbound lanes of the eastbound Freeway near Fruit Street, as well as the westbound carpool lane, through 8 a.m.
Officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP are handling the investigation.

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Santa Monica man killed in Angeles National Forest motorcycle crash

A 64-year-old Santa Monica man died over the weekend following a motorcycle crash on a winding road in the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge, officials said.
The fatal collision took place about 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Angeles Forest Highway at Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, California Highway Officer Monique Mischeaux said in a written statement.
Michael Gottlieb, who was wearing a helmet, was southbound on a 2012 Ducati motorcycle when the crash occurred, Mischeaux said. He was riding behind a 2003 Toyota being driven by ba 24-year-old Baldwin Park man.
“(The motorcycle) crossed into opposing traffic in an attempt to pass (the Toyota),” Mischeaux said. The Toyota simultaneously made a left turn onto Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, and the vehicles collided.
Gottlieb was thrown from the motorcycle, officials said.
As a result of the collision, (Gottlieb) received severe head trauma and a broken neck, and succumbed to his injuries,” Mischeaux said. He was pronounced dead by paramedics just under 45 minutes after the crash.
The crash was under investigation by officers from the Antelope Valley office of the CHP.

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UPDATED — Officials: Girls abducted by father at gunpoint in Pomona, found safe in Riverside County

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***UPDATE: California Highway Patrol officials deactivated the Amber Alert early Saturday morning after both children were found safe in Riverside County. Further details of the exactly where and how the girls were found were not immediately available. Los Angeles County booking records indicated Adame was arrested at 1:38 a.m. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Pomona Police Department’s jail and was scheduled to appear for an arraignment Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court.
POMONA — Officials issued an Amber Alert late Friday after a man abducted his two young daughters at gunpoint, officials said.
Pete Valencia Adame, 43, kidnapped his ex-girlfriend along with their two daughters, ages 2 and 4, about 7 p.m. in Pomona, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
“Adame assaulted the former girlfriend before releasing her at an unknown location,” according to the statement. “Adame then fled with the two daughters.”
The potentially armed and dangerous suspect was believed to be driving a gray 2014 Jeep Patriot with California license plate No. 7CJF267, officials said. He was described as Latino, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white undershirt and light blue pants with a stripe.
2014 Jeep PatriotThe missing 2-year-old, Valarie Persaea Adame, was described as Latina about 2 feet tall, 30 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt with flowers on the shoulders and black pants.
The abducted 4-year-old, Aurora Akira Adame, was described as Latina, about 2 feet 6 inches tall and 35 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt with a heart design and cheetah print spandex pants.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the Pomona Police Department, or call 9-1-1.
PHOTO of kidnapping suspect Pete Adame courtesy of the Pomona Police Department.
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UPDATED: Two found dead inside car over the side of Glendora Ridge Road in the Angeles National Forest

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Two bodies were discovered Sunday inside of a car that had tumbled nearly 800 feet over the side of Glendora Ridge Road, deep in the Angeles National Forest north of the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department search and rescue team members located the car about 11:15 a.m. over the side of Glendora Ridge Road, just west of Mt. Baldy Village, California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said. Two bodies were found inside, however no descriptions of the dead were available.
Sheriff’s officials had been searching the area since shortly after 8 a.m. after receiving a report through the U.S. Forest Service that a vehicle had gone over the side of the road, sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Vargas said.
Officials from the Los Angeles County Department responded to the scene to take custody of the bodies, coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. They were yet to be identified.
The crash was first reported to U.S. Forest Service officials, who notified Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials, who in-turn notified the CHP once search and rescue team members found the wreckage.
No further details were immediately available. The crash was being investigated by officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP.
A similar crash involving a Scion XB occurred on the same stretch of road last year, killing a young man who was driving and seriously injuring a young woman who was riding as a passenger, sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg said at the time.
That crash took place about 12:30 a.m Aug. 16, when the car left the roadway and tumbled about 600 feet down the hillside before bursting into flames.
Tyler Scheurenbrand, 18, whose city of residence was not listed in coroner’s records, died at the scene from “thermal burns and probable blunt force trauma,” Dietz said. The death was ruled an accident.

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Eastbound 91 Freeway shut down in Riverside after fatal construction mishap

RIVERSIDE >> Officials shut down all eastbound lanes of the eastbound 91 Freeway through Riverside early Sunday to investigate the death of a road worker who fell from a railroad bridge when it partially collapsed, authorities said.
Two lanes of the westbound 91 Freeway were also closed Sunday morning following the 3:17 a.m. accident, according to California Highway Patrol logs. It was unclear when the lanes would be cleared.
Little information was available regarding the incident, which officials said was being investigated as an industrial accident.
The entire eastbound 91 Freeway was shut down between Central and 14th Street, while the two left lanes of the westbound 91 Freeway were shut down between Seventh Street and Adams Avenue, according to the CHP.
The mishap took place during a scheduled freeway closure, which was then extended into a Sig Alert as officials continued investigating the scene and clearing debris after the end of the scheduled road closure at 8 a.m.

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Santa Ana man killed in solo-car crash on 10 Freeway in Rosemead

ROSEMEAD >> A 26-year-old Santa Ana man died early Saturday following a solo-car crash on the 10 Freeway in Rosemead, officials said.
The man had not been officially identified at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Saturday afternoon, coroner’s officials said.
He was driving a 2002 Nissan Sentra westbound on the 10 Freeway, just west of Baldwin Avenue, at an unknown speed just prior to the crash, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy said.
“For reasons currently under investigation, the driver was unable to maintain control of his vehicle,” Cassidy said. The car slammed into the center divider wall and ultimately came to rest in the center median.
The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park where he succumbed to his injuries, Cassidy said.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by officers from the East Los Angeles office of the CHP.

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Motorcyclist killed in crash on 605 Freeway in Industry

INDUSTRY >> A motorcyclist died late Friday in a crash on the Peck Road onramp to the southbound 605 Freeway, authorities said.
The crash was first reported just after 7:30 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol logs. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
The collision was believed to have involved the motorcycle and at least one additional vehicle, however further details were not immediately available, CHP Officer Peter Bishop said.
Officials shut down the right-hand lane of the southbound 605 Freeway as they investigated the scene.

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UPDATED: Crash shuts down westbound 210 Freeway traffic in Pasadena

PASADENA — A crash involving an overturned big rig blocked traffic for westbound motorists on the 210 Freeway through Pasadena Saturday morning, officials said.
The crash took place shortly before 10 a.m. on the transition road connecting the westbound 210 Freeway to the continued westbound 210 Freeway at the 134 Freeway interchange, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy said.
There was no initial word regarding potential injuries.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for both lanes of the transition road that remained in effect until about 1:30 p.m.

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