Man Killed on 60 Freeway Pinned by Tractor-Trailer

Two other men struck by the tractor-trailer remain in critical condition.

An unnamed man was killed today and two others remain in critical condition after they were pinned against a pickup truck by a tractor-trailer on the 60 freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At 11:03 a.m., Constantino Olmos, a 53-year-old Riverside man, was driving a tractor-trailer on eastbound State Route 60, west of Phillips Ranch Road.  The unnamed victim, a 46-year-old Norco man, was driving in the same area in a Ford F7000 when he had a minor collision with Olmos, according to a news release.

Olmos and the victim parked on the right shoulder and exited their vehicles, along with the victim’s two passengers, 40-year-old Arnold Hutchinson and 49-year-old Michael Wintermute, both of Mira Loma.

While the four men were standing on the right shoulder between their two trucks, Emilio Alvarez, a 23-year-old South Gate resident, was driving in the same area in the No. 5 lane at an undetermined speed.  For unknown reasons, Alvarez veered to the right and struck the left rear side of Olmos’ parked trailer, authorities said.

The parked tractor trailer lurched forward around 15 feet and pinned Olmos, Hutchinson, and the deceased against the Ford F7000.  After Alvarez his the parked tractor trailer, it veered to the left and overturned, blocking all of the eastbound lanes of the freeway west of Phillips Ranch Road.

The unnamed victim was pronounced dead on the scene. Olmos and Hutchinson were transported to the hospital with major bodily injuries.  Olmos was airlifted to USC Medical Center and currently listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit.  Hutchinson was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital by ambulance and then airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.  He also is listed in critical condition.

Wintermute was able to escape without being struck or injured.   

A sig alert was issued and Caltrans closed the eastbound 60 from the 57 freeway to Phillips Ranch.  CHP officers on the scene diverted traffic near the crash off the freeway.  The closure lasted 7 hours.  At 7:16 p.m., the sig alert was cancelled and all eastbound lanes were cleared and re-opened.

Delilah Vega October 20, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Vito Spago October 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Do not ever stop on the freeway, folks. Drive off the freeway first.
Trixie Rowland October 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
So sad my heart goes out to the victims family.
Robert Corona October 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
So so sad... just innocent people killed again... how in the world can you drive a big rig into parked trucks or autos??? Seems something bad is always happening on that stretch of road... too many cars and trucks merging... very bad! Deepest condolences to the families involved.
joebanana October 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
That section of the 60 does get more than it's fair share of "California drivers", but where the 57N. dumps onto the 60 E. is worse because everybody has to merge as soon as they can, safe or not, for some reason.
Delilah Vega October 20, 2012 at 04:50 PM
so true robert I wonder if it's because of the way the 60 and 57 merge??
Veronica Tagle October 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Bottom line- too many big rigs on the freeway during PEAK traveling hours. The freeways are congested with them and there are also way too many cars that do NOT pay attention, drive recklessly,speed, cut off the rigs, who can't stop "on a dime" and when something like this happens, one wonders why. There are also too many things in the cars now to distract drivers- cell phones, navigation systems, touch screen systems, the classics like make up, eating, drinking, kids in the backseat crying, or what have you. How many of you remember the old saying "a car is NOT a toy?" Well folks, they're NOT, and if you can't be a RESPONSIBLE driver, GET OFF THE ROADS!!!
Delilah Vega October 20, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I am with you on this one Veronica because I know how kids can be such a distraction luckily I learned how to tune them out but others are not as talented!
Dan Sweeney October 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Could not agree more with this comment and I've been saying it for years. Why is all of the truck traffic at peak traffic hours? The trucks should be moving freight in off-hours (10pm-6am). I drive that route on the 60 regularly in the morning and it's ridiculous how many trucks are there at that time tying up traffic. Truck drivers are for the most part skilled but the speed and size native to trucks make overall traffic much heavier and hazardous at these times. Riverside is a major freight hub with numerous distribution centers and some trucks will have to be out during peak traffic times but for the most part if more trucking was happening in off hours there would be less traffic and less of these horrible accidents caused by congestion.
tammy hurley October 21, 2012 at 05:50 PM
arnold one of the men that was pinned past out saturday morning october 20,2012
Delilah Vega October 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM
yes dan sweeney however there are dead lines to be meet but not just for the truck drivers consumers and distributors as well as the truck companies?????
Delilah Vega October 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM
my condences to the man Arnolds family and friends!


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