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2 Killed in Big Rig Crash on Highway 126; Lemons Spilled Across Highway

Two people were killed and another was critically injured when a big rig, a stakebed truck and a car collided in the Castaic area Tuesday morning.

The crash took place on State Route 126 at Chiquito Canyon Road, causing the stakebed truck to spill lemons across the highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.  State Route 126 was shut down in both directions while crews cleared the roadway.

CHP investigators say the stakebed truck was heading westbound on Highway 126 when a Toyota Corolla on Chiquito Canyon Road made a right turn onto the highway and the two collided.

The impact sent the Toyota careening about 150 feet down the road, the CHP said. The stakebed truck veered into the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with another big rig.

The driver of the big rig and the driver of the Toyota died in the wreck, the CHP said. The driver of the stakebed truck was taken to the hospital and walked away with minor injuries, investigators said.

Other drivers, many of whom waited for hours as the road was cleared, said they consider the intersection dangerous.

"The traffic travels so quick on this highway and there are so many blind turns that usually by the time you pull off a side street the traffic is already on you," said Phillip Agapiou.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify details of the occupants of each vehicle and the moments of the collision.

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