5-Year-Old Girl Killed in 60 Freeway Crash

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    A fiery chain-reaction crash on the 60 Freeway in the El Monte area Thursday morning claimed the life of a 5-year-old girl and left several other people critically injured. Conan Nolan reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Boyle Heights Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (Published Thursday, Aug 14, 2014)

    A 5-year-old girl died at a hospital following a multi-vehicle crash that closed down the 60 Freeway in South El Monte for several hours Thursday morning.

    The crash on the eastbound side of the freeway near Santa Anita Avenue was reported around 5:45 a.m. A tanker truck carrying milk struck the center divider before landing on its side.

    Fire officials said eight passenger vehicles and two other semi-trucks were also involved in the crash. Fourteen people were hurt, with injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

    A South El Monte girl identified as Maydelin Salas, 5, was taken to Montebello Beverly Hospital where she was pronounced dead around 6:30 a.m., according to Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

    5-Year-Old Girl Killed in Multi-Vehicle Wreck on 60 Freeway

    [LA] 5-Year-Old Girl Killed in Multi-Vehicle Wreck on 60 Freeway
    A 5-year-old girl was dead after a multi-vehicle wreck on the 60 Freeway on Thursday. The crash, which injured several people, was reported around 5:45 a.m. Toni Guinyard reports live from South El Monte for the NBC4 News at Noon on Thursday, August 14, 2014. (Published Thursday, Aug 14, 2014)

    The freeway was closed as wreckage, diesel fuel and milk were cleaned from the roadway. The debris covered about the size of two football fields.

    Both sides of the freeway were reopened around 12:30 p.m.

    Both fuel and milk had spilled into the San Gabriel River, officials said.

    Motorists were advised to take the 605 Freeway to the 10 Freeway, or the 210 Freeway to the 134 Freeway if going toward Griffith Park.

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