Pasadena Fwy Reopens After Collision Involving 3 Big Rigs

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A portion of the 210 Freeway in Pasadena was briefly closed ahead of the Wednesday morning commute after three big rigs and a car were involved in a chain-reaction collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.


A big rig sustained damage after a four-vehicle crash amid rainy conditions on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The crash occurred around 2:00 a.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway transition road to the westbound 134 Freeway, the CHP’s incident log reported.

The first big rig was driving in rainy conditions through a tunnel when it lost control, struck the center divider, hit a dirt embankment and jackknifed, CHP Sgt. Barry Jones said.

As the driver got out of his truck to put his reflectors on to warn other motorists, a Mercedez-Benz approached and swerved to avoid hitting the man, according to Jones. The car went around the big rig before coming to a stop in front of it by the embankment.

A second big rig driving toward the first crash then came to a sudden stop to avoid hitting the truck and was hit in the rear by the third big rig, Jones said.

The driver of the third big rig was taken to a hospital after complaining of pain.

A SigAlert was issued around 2:45 a.m., according to a tweet from the CHP.

It was canceled around 7:20 a.m., another CHP tweet read.

This was the second consecutive day a SigAlert was issued in the area due to a collision involving a big rig.

Amid wet weather conditions in the early morning hours Tuesday, a big rig jackknifed where the westbound 210 Freeway and eastbound 134 Freeway split, shutting down the freeway for several hours.

KTLA’s Wendy Burch contributed to this report.