Thursday, August 14, 2014
SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was killed and several other people were injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash involving three big rigs that shut down a Los Angeles County freeway for hours Thursday.
The California Highway Patrol said the pre-dawn accident on state Route 60 involved a tanker truck that hit the center divider and overturned, spilling milk and fuel onto the freeway.
Nine vehicles, including the tanker and two other big rigs, crashed. At least two vehicles caught fire.
County fire officials said 11 people were injured, six critically.
It's unclear whether the girl who died was counted among those critically hurt. Coroner's officials identified her as Maydelin Salas of South El Monte.
According to the preliminary investigation, the milk tanker crashed into some vehicles that were slowing or that had stopped ahead of it.