Motorcyclist killed in 210 Freeway crash in Pasadena


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.

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Lawndale woman, Riverside man killed in 210 Freeway crash in Glendora identified


GLENDORA >> Authorities have identified a young Lawndale woman and an elderly Riverside man killed when the car they were riding as passengers in was rear-ended on the 210 Freeway in Glendora on Saturday afternoon.
Luisa Gonzalez, 19, of Lawndale and Edgar Ramirez, 76, of Riverside were killed in the three-vehicle wreck, which took place just before 4 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway. just west of Sunflower Avenue, according to Officer O. Zayas of the California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park-area office. The relationship between the victims was unclear.
Both were passengers in a 2005 Honda Civic being driven by a 23-year-old Riverside man that ended up smashed between a 2009 Ford F-250 pickup truck and a 2017 Honda Accord, CHP officials said.
The driver of the Accord, described as a 46-year-old Winnetka woman, was driving ahead of the other vehicles and applied her brakes due to slowing traffic ahead, Zayas said in a written statement.
The Civic struck the rear of the Accord, and the pickup truck struck the rear of the Civic.
Paramedics pronounced Gonzalez and Ramirez dead at the scene.
The driver of the Civic was treated for apparently minor injuries, Zayas said. The drivers of the Accord and the F-250 were not injured.
The collision remains under investigation, however, DUI was not initially suspected to be a factor, Zayas said. No arrests were made.

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Man, woman killed in multi-vehicle crash on the 210 Freeway in Glendora


GLENDORA >> A man and woman died in a multi-vehicle wreck on the 210 Freeway in Glendora on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The deadly crash was reported just before 4 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway at Sunflower Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
Witnesses initially reported the crash involved at least three vehicle, with one of them seemingly crushed between the other two, according to CHP logs.
Paramedics pronounced a woman in her 20s and a man in his 70s dead at the scene, Rubio said.
The two right-hand lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway, as well as the Sunflower Avenue offramp, were closed Saturday afternoon as the investigation continued.
No further details, including whether additional injuries were reported, were available.
The investigation is being handled by officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office.

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Big rig crash shuts down Gold Line through Pasadena, snarls traffic on 210 Freeway

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PASADENA >> A big rig crashed through the center divider of the 210 Freeway in Pasadena and onto the Metro Gold Line tracks early Thursday, prompting lane closures on the freeway and shutting down train service through the area, authorities said.
The crash was first reported at 4:52 a.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just east of San Gabriel Canyon Road, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The truck collided with a 2012 Nissan Alima, which overturned on the San Gabriel Boulevard onramp, crashed through a center divider K-rail and ended up sitting atop the Metro Gold Line tracks, according to CHP Officer Jonathan Pope
The driver of the big rig was unhurt, officials said. A woman at the wheel of the Altima was treated for apparently minor injuries, including pain to her arm and chest.
The cause and circumstances of the collision remained under investigation.
Officials initially shut down all eastbound lanes for a brief period, officials said. The carpool and two left lanes of the eastbound freeway remained closed through the morning commute, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said.
Train traffic was also shut down between the Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations as a result of the crash, Metro officials said. Buses were used to transport passengers around the closed route, and passengers were cautioned to expect 15-minute delays.
It was unclear how long it would take to clear the mess.
Once the truck is moved from the tracks, officials will inspect them.
“They believe there might be damage, but the+y’re not going to be 100 percent sure until it’s moved,” Rubio said.

PHOTO courtesy of Caltrans

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UPDATED: Three critically injured in wreck on 210 Freeway in Sylmar


SYLMAR >> A solo-vehicle wreck on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar left three people critically injured and prompted the closure of all westbound freeway lanes on Saturday, officials said.
A total of four patients were treated following the 10:50 a.m. crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just west of McClay Street, according to Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol officials.
The collision was initially reported to involve multiple vehicles, but was ultimately determined to have involved only one, a Dodge Durango SUV, according to the CHP.
Three patients were taken to hospitals in critical condition, while a fourth suffered injuries described as minor, LAFD spokesman Eric Scott said.
At least one person was thrown from the SUV in the crash, officials said.
Authorities initially shut down all eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway, CHP Officer Michelle Bond said. The left-hand lane was reopened at 11:38 a.m., and the Sig Alert was cleared entirely about 12:45 p.m.
The collision is being investigated by the CHP’s Newhall-area office.

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Flames engulf car along 210 Freeway in Duarte

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DUARTE >> A disabled car burst into flames along the 210 Freeway in Duarte Friday afternoon, slowing traffic but resulting in no injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The fire was first reported about 1:01 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway near Buena Vista Street, CHP Officer Michelle Bond said.
The driver of the Acura Integra experienced an engine malfunction and saw flames coming from beneath the hood of his car and pulled over to right shoulder, Los carfire2Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Rudy Gilson said. The man got out of the car uninjured before it became engulfed in flames.
Officials briefly shut down the two right-hand traffic lanes, but firefighters quickly doused the fire and traffic resumed normal flow, she said.
It was unclear exactly what caused the car’s engine to catch fire.

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Motorcyclist from Azusa killed in 210 Freeway crash


AZUSA >> An Azusa man died Saturday afternoon after a pickup truck rear-ended him on the 210 Freeway, triggering a chain-reaction crash, officials said.
Enrique Alvarado-Cervantes, 26, died in the crash, which took place about 1 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just west of Vernon Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Joshua Duran.
He was riding a 2000 Suzuki GSX-R in the fast lane when traffic ahead came to a sudden stop, the officer said in a written statement.
A 71-year-old Alta Loma man was driving directly behind the motorcycle in a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck. A 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck was driving ahead of the motorcycle, lead by a 2011 Lexus IS 250.
“(The pickup truck driver) was unable to stop his Dodge in time to avoid a collision,” Duran said.
“The Dodge collided into the Suzuki motorcycle and Ford F-150 directly ahead, ejecting Alvarado-Cervantes onto the roadway,” Duran said. “The force of this collision pushed the Ford forward into the rear of the Lexus.”
Paramedics pronounced Alvarado-Cervantes dead at the scene.
The driver of the Dodge pickup that triggered the crash suffered injuries including a broken wrist, Duran said. The Ford driver suffered minor injuries, and the driver of the Lexus was unhurt.
No arrests were made as the investigation continued, officials said.
Authorities issued a Sig Alert for the carpool and three right-hand lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway through nearly 5 p.m.
Any witnesses to the collision are encouraged to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.

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Two young men killed in Pasadena multi-vehicle wreck

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PASADENA >> A violent five-vehicle wreck on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena initially thought to have killed one person Friday afternoon left two Northern California men dead, officials said Saturday.
Authorities initially pronounced Tristan Lee Witte, 20, of San Rafael dead at the scene immediately following the 4:50 p.m. crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway near Sierra Madre Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Marion Sainz said. He was the driver of a 2004 Buick sedan that was mangled into an unrecognizable mass of metal after being crushed between two trucks, officials said.
But firefighters continued working to access what had been the passenger compartment of the Buick, ultimately discovering the body of a passenger several hours later, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Palmer described the passenger as a 20-year-old Novato man. Coroner’s officials were yet to identify the passenger Saturday, Sainz said.
The chain-reaction collision was initiated when a 2007 Nissan box truck collided with 2012 Jeep Cherokee in the carpool lane, Officer T. Palmer of the California Highway Patrol’s Altadena area office said in a written statement.
“The Jeep was pushed into a red Buick, driven by (Witte),” Palmer said. “The box truck continued in an easterly direction, where it collided with a Chevy GMC (pickup truck).”
“This impact caused the Buick to fold in half, causing fatal injuries to the driver and passenger,” Palmer said.
The Chevy pickup rolled onto its side in the fast lane and was broad-sided by a 2015 Hyundai sedan, he said.
The four drivers of the involved vehicles other than the Buick were treated for minor injuries, officials said. All had been treated at local hospitals and released by Saturday morning.
“At this time, DUI is not a factor in this collision,” Palmer said.
The crash briefly prompted the closure of all eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway. A Sig Alert remained in affect for some lanes through nearly 11 p.m., causing a backup for miles.
The cause of the deadly crash remained under investigation.
Any witnesses can reach the CHP’s Altadena area office at 626-296-8100.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department.

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UPDATED: Fatal crash reported on 210 Freeway in Pasadena

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PASADENA >> One person died and two others suffered injuries in a multi-car crash that shut down the eastbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crash, which involved at least five vehicles, was first reported at 4:57 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just west of Sierra Madre Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol and Pasadena Fire Department officials.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP Officer Jennifer Bond said. No description was available.
The vehicle in which the person was traveling was “crushed” an unrecognizable, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Two other victims were treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash, she said.
Another couple of people were treated by paramedics for issues such as heat exhaustion and chest pain while stuck in traffic behind the crash scene, Derderian added.
Authorities initially shut down all eastbound lanes of the freeway to allow ambulances to access the scene, Bond said.
“(Eastbound) traffic was shut down completely for probably half approximately half and hour,”Derderian said.
Officials gradually reopened lanes through the afternoon, causing a major backup during the rush-hour commute.
Traffic on the Metro Gold Line tracks was reduced to one track as officials inspected the track closest to the crash for damage or debris. Buses were used to help passenger travel between the Lake and Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Stations, according to Metro.
The crash was being investigated by the CHP’s Altadena area office. Anyone with information can reach the office at 626-296-8100.

PHOTO courtesy of L.A. Metro

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Pasadena man killed in 210 motorcycle crash identified


PASADENA >> Authorities Friday identified a 22-year-old Pasadena man who died in motorcycle crash on the 210 Freeway Thursday afternoon.
Isaias Vargas Jr. died in the collision, which took place about 4:35 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway at Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said.
Vargas was riding a 2014 Yamaha R6, between the carpool and fast lanes, and had just passed another car, prior to the crash, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
“(Vargas) centered in the HOV lane and drove into the rear of a 2003 Dodge pickup that was slowing (and) stopping int he HOV lane due to traffic ahead,” according to the statement.
He succumbed to his injuries at the scene, Winter said.
A man, woman and three children from Lancaster riding inside the Dodge pickup truck suffered no injuries, according to CHP and Pasadena Fire Department officials.

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