One person was killed and two others injured in an underground six-vehicle crash on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena early today, and a second motorist was killed on the same freeway less than three hours later, authorities said.
Three big rigs and three other vehicles were involved in the first wreck, said California Highway Patrol dispatch officer A. Rubio, adding that a 50-year-old man died at the scene.
A Pasadena Fire Department commander told a videographer at the scene that the deceased was the driver of the lead big rig in the wreck. He said the big rig jackknifed, with the cab and trailer separating.
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Two people were taken from the site to a hospital, the fire commander said.
The accident occurred around 12:10 a.m. on the two-lane underground transition from the eastbound 210 to the eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway, resulting in the closure of the eastbound 210 and traffic being diverted to the westbound 134, Rubio said.
A second big rig fatality, this one reported at 2:57 a.m, about 4 miles east on the eastbound 210, prompted the closure of the Metro Gold Line between Pasadena's Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations, Metro spokeswoman Kim Upton said.
Debris from the second accident, in which a big rig struck the freeway center divider, killing a 33-year-old truck driver from Moreno Valley, littered the adjoining Gold Line tracks, which run down the center of the freeway. Both the body and the big rig's trailer ended up on the track, according to the CHP.
Service between the two stations, which normally starts at 4:30 a.m. was stopped, Upton said. Trains were replaced by a bus bridge to help Gold Line passengers around the shuttered stretch of track. Upton said the shuttle service will run every 20 minutes between the stations until the track is reopened.
Crews continued to clean up debris more than 12 hours after the initial crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway. Kitty litter was poured over spilled diesel that covered several lanes.
It was not made immediately clear when all lanes would reopen.
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