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Deadly Big Rig Crash Snarls 60 Freeway

MONTEBELLO, Calif. (KTLA) — A deadly chain-reaction crash involving two big rigs snarled traffic on the westbound 60 Freeway in Montebello early Thursday.

The accident happened just before 3 a.m. 60-fwynear Garfield Ave., according to the California Highway Patrol.

“We do believe that there were two separate collisions. One, a passenger vehicle collided into the rear of a big rig,” explained CHP Off. Bill Preciado.

“Shortly thereafter, a subsequent big rig collided into that passenger vehicle, thus crushing that vehicle with the initial big rig,” he said.

A man in his 30s who was driving the sedan was killed in the crash. His identity was not immediately released.

The cause of the crash is now under investigation. Authorities said that speed may have been a factor.

All lanes of the westbound 60 were closed for a time.

One lane re-opened around 5:45 a.m., and the remaining lanes were expected to open shortly after 6 a.m.

As an alternate to the 60, you can take the 10 Freeway if you are heading toward downtown Los Angeles.