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Early Morning Crashes Involve Big Rig

Two big rig collisions that occurred around the same time, about three miles apart, forced the closure of eastbound lanes, officials said.

Two big rig collisions that occurred around the same time, about three miles apart, temporarily shut down all the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway this morning and left at least two people injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The first crash between two big rigs, which was reported at 2:15 a.m., blocked the eastbound lanes of the freeway at North White Avenue in Pomona, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.

The second collision, also between two trucks, which occurred about 30 minutes later, compounded the tie-up, Villalobos said. A SigAlert was declared by the CHP at 2:27 a.m., as traffic was diverted off the freeway at North Dudley Street. The carpool lane was reopened at 4:25 a.m., Villalobos said.

The first collision occurred when an eastbound big rig rear-ended another parked on the right shoulder, causing it to jackknife across the freeways, according to Villalobos said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department reported that one victim was transported to a hospital from that accident scene.

The second collision occurred approximately three miles west, also in the eastbound lanes in Pomona, between a big rig and a box truck, according to Villalobos. That second crash occurred near the Orange (57) Freeway, just west of North Dudley Street. One victim was being treated at the scene, Villalobos said.

All eastbound lanes were finally cleared at 6:42 a.m. and the SigAlert was cancelled, CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy said.

The crashes remained under investigation by the CHP.

-- City News Service

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