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Two Sought in Postal Service Truck Crash That Critically Injured Driver

Witnesses said the hit-and-run driver was in a red Audi that was being driven at speeds of 100 mph before hitting the big rig

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Two people are sought after they ran from a red vehicle involved in a crash that sent a U.S. Postal Service big rig over the side of the southbound 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles, critically injuring the truck driver.

The crash occurred near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard about 9 p.m. Monday and sent the semi over the side of the freeway, causing it to land on its side near the intersection of 37th and Flower streets, near the University of Southern California campus, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"The big rig lost control and struck the guardrail and went over the side of the 110 Freeway," California Highway Patrol Capt. David Dashiell told reporters at the scene. "The driver of the red vehicle fled the scene after the collision."

Dashiell added the driver and a passenger "fled on foot and their whereabouts are unknown at this time."

Witnesses told the CHP the red vehicle, an Audi, was being driven at speeds of 100 mph before hitting the big rig.

A second vehicle was also involved in the crash, but there were no reports that its driver or any passengers left the crash site.

The 50-year-old man driving the postal service truck became unconscious and was trapped in his truck's cab for about 10 minutes before emergency crews freed him and took him to a hospital in critical condition, Humphrey said.

No one else was injured in the collision, according to Humphrey.

The crash left letters and packages in the street. Other postal vehicles were brought in to collect the items.

Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division and the CHP investigated the crash.

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