Fwy Reopens in Pasadena After Big Rig Crash

Another crash involving a big rig and an SUV was reported approximately a mile away on the westbound 210 freeway to the southbound 710 freeway connector

By Oleevia Woo and Samia Khan
|  Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014  |  Updated 5:53 AM PDT
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Fwy Reopens in Pasadena After Big Rig Crash

Lanes on the eastbound 134 Freeway connector road to the westbound 210 Freeway reopened four hours after a big rig jackknifed early Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred just after 1 a.m, LA CHP officer Alex Rubios said. Rubios said that the big rig reportedly hit the center divider and jackknifed. It was previously reported that the big rig caught fire, but once firefighters arrived on scene, the reported fire turned out to be smoke.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a piece of the guardrail had been stuck under the big rig, which caused a delay in the removal of the truck from the freeway.

The driver of the big rig suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital, officials said.

"Trucks are always required to drive 55 mph and speed was obviously a cause in this accident.," CHP Sgt. Barry K. Jones said.

A sig alert had been issued from the eastbound 134 to westbound 210 Freeway and the westbound 210 to westbound 210 until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Another crash involving a big rig and an SUV was reported approximately a mile away on the westbound 210 freeway to the southbound 710 freeway connector at around 2:55 a.m. That scene was clear as of 5:30 a.m.

The overnight rain is believed to be a factor in both crashes. CHP encourages drivers to travel cautiously on rainy days.

"Allow more time to get to work," CHP Sgt. Barry K. Jones said. "Give more distance to the car in front of you and slow down. The biggest key is to slow down."

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