A fiery crash happened along the 10 Freeway in Rialto when a truck careened through the center divider and clashed with multiple vehicles, leaving at least five people dead on Friday.
The crash took place shortly before 1 p.m. near Riverside Avenue. Involved in the crash are the concrete cement-pumping truck, which had been traveling west, a smaller trash-hauling truck and four cars. A motorcyle was also involved in the wreck following the crash, where some of the affected vehicles also caught fire. The motorcyle rider was among those who died from the accident.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tow companies starting to move the pumping truck involved in the deadly crash on EB 10 in Rialto. Fwy may still be closed for several hours. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSLA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSLA</a> <a href="https://t.co/sYjSuz2b0R">pic.twitter.com/sYjSuz2b0R</a></p>— Tina Patel (@tina_patel) <a href="https://twitter.com/tina_patel/status/964752573595992066?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2018</a></blockquote>
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California Highway Patrol Officer Bryan Alvarez said that five more people suffered fatal injuries and another was taken to the hospital in still unknown condition.
The freeway was earlier closed in both directions as CHP investigators examined the scene and rescuers tried to extract the injured victims to safety. The CHP diverted commuters to the use of 215 and 15 freeways and to avoid the stretch of the 10 near Rialto for several hours.
Local media reported that some motorists got stuck in sand on the side of the freeway when they tried to avoid the backup.
Authorities have just reopened several lanes of the affected Southern California freeway.