A child was killed and several others were injured, including another child, in a crash involving two big rigs and a minivan on the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica Friday, officials said.
Two big rigs and a minivan collided around 12:35 p.m. on the westbound 10 Freeway near Lincoln Boulevard at the McClure Tunnel, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Nine people were injured, seven of them passengers in the minivan. Two children under the age of 12 were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, six with moderate injuries and one person declined medical attention.
One of the children died in the hospital, Santa Monica Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom Clemosaid. The child's age was not immediately released.
Traffic was backed up to the 405 Freeway before crews cleaned up the wreckage from the McClure Tunnel and reopened the freeway just before 7 p.m.
Aerial footage showed one big rig resting upright inside the tunnel around 1:45 p.m.
The CHP’s traffic incident page indicated about 100 vehicles were stuck between the crashed trucks and Lincoln Boulevard.
Los Angeles firefighters were assisting the Santa Monica Fire Department with the call.
The Santa Monica Firefighters Association established a fund to help the family. Donations can be made to Chase Bank Account #3095918057 or:
SMFF – Looney Family
222 Hollister Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405