The driver of a Dodge Challenger was hospitalized Monday after crashing into a big rig on the 605 Freeway in Whittier and getting lodged underneath the truck, authorities said.
The crash happened around 1:15 a.m., as the big rig driver made an illegal U-turn at the bottom of the Washington Boulevard exit, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The impact of the collision was so powerful that the roof of the car was ripped off, the CHP said.
The big rig driver got back on the freeway and kept going.
But his truck stopped working a short time later and he was arrested by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The driver of the Dodge was in serious condition, officials said.