Truck driver killed in fiery Long Beach crash

From the Associated Press:

LONG BEACH — A tanker truck hauling 8,000 gallons of ethanol crashed on a highway, exploding into an inferno that sent a river of flame into storm drains, officials said. The driver was killed.
The truck crashed around 6 p.m. Saturday when it hit the side rail of eastbound State Route 91 at the transition to Interstate 710, the Long Beach Fire Department said in a statement.
The driver’s name was not immediately released.
Witnesses said the heat was so intense it melted guardrails and all that remained of the truck were its axles and small portions of the cab.
A stream of fire flowed from the tanker into a storm drain, causing plumes of flame to spew 20 feet in the air from other storm drains.
The large quantity of ethanol in the truck fueled a huge fireball that enveloped the overpasses, Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Jackawa Jackson said. Firefighters snuffed the flames with foam, he said.
Officials worried the fire may have weakened the elevated stretch of road, the fire department said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation and the roadway remained closed while inspectors examined it.

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Road rage turns deadly

This comes from the Associated Press:

LONG BEACH– Police say a 29-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with a road rage fistfight that escalated into murder.
Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt says Duy Tieu of Santa Ana was arrested
shortly before midnight Friday on suspicion of murdering 53-year-old George McCafferty of Long Beach.
Pratt says the two men were fighting on the Carson Street offramp of Interstate 605 when Tieu got back into his car and sped toward McCafferty, who was standing outside his Ford Escort. Tieu allegedly plowed into McCafferty and pinned him against his car, killing him.
Tieu is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

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Homeless homicides

Not a lot of new stuff to report in the Long Beach case of five people shot to death at a homeless encampment in Long Beach. Here’s what LA homeless blog is reporting:

18832-homelesshomicides-thumb-300x168.jpgJust like the murder three weeks ago of a homeless man in the Rampart area of Los Angeles, the police have not figured out who murdered the five homeless persons in Long Beach, a large city just south of Los Angeles.
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Of course, having five people shot to death has rattled this local neighborhood.

KCBS2/KCAL9 has video from the crime scene here.

Here’s the latest story from our sister paper the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

 

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