COMMERCE, Calif. (KABC) —
3 people were killed and a number of were in crucial disorder after a street race led to a multi-automobile collapse involving a significant rig regard the 5 Freeway in Commerce, the California Highway Patrol said.
The chain-reaction collapse happened about midnight regard the northbound 5 Freeway Saturday near the Washington Boulevard exit, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officials said a dark-colored Dodge Charger was racing a gray Dodge Challenger in the southbound lanes. As quickly as among those cars tried to grab about a slower vehicle, it slammed regard the brakes and strike a UPS huge rig.
The huge rig shed control, went airborne and landed regard the focus divider, shearing off the best of a Nissan automobile and engulfing in to flames. Officials described the terrible scene eyewitnesses came upon.
“We have actually people recounting the incident of people operating regard fire and a few of those victims were the ones that were transported to the hospital. So I can easily just imagine exactly how horrible, exactly how horrific that was for every person that witnessed it,” Sgt. Luis Mendoza of the California Highway Patrol said.
One of the alleged street racers in the Dodge Challenger, later identified as 35-year-old Dealio Lockhart of Whittier, was arrested. The various other alleged racer in the Dodge Charger fled the scene and was at large, officials said.
The UPS huge rig driver and the 2 occupants of the Nissan were pronounced dead at the scene. 5 others were hurt, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The passengers in the spine of the Nissan were killed, and the driver and front passenger were listed in crucial condition.
One of the victims killed in the Nissan was identified by her family as 19-year-old Michelle Littlefield. Her family said Littlefield functioned at 6 Flags Magic Mountain along along with her 3 friends. Littlefield’s family said the market owned invested the day at Disneyland and was heading house As quickly as the collapse occurred.
Littlefield was studying firm at the College of the Canyons and was looking to relocate to California Point out Polytechnic University, Pomona, according to her family.
The UPS driver was identified by his union, Teamsters Neighborhood 396, as Simon Treadway of Mira Loma. In a write-up to its Facebook page, the union said, “Simon was admired and loved by his good friends and co-staff members at UPS. We are still attempting to come to grips along with this horrible loss.”
UPS said Treadway was coming from a business facility in Cerritos at the moment of the crash. UPS released the adhering to statement: “Our thoughts are along with the victims and their families. UPS is cooperating along with law enforcement and will certainly conduct their very own investigation.”
The 5 Freeway was shut down for nearly a day in the 2 directions in between Washington Boulevard and the 710 Freeway as crews cleaned up the collapse scene and detectives investigated.
CHP is urging anybody along with write-up concerning the driver in the Dodge Charger to call the East Los Angeles Highway Patrol office at (323)980-4600.
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