Driver, Motorcyclist Killed in 6-Vehicle Pileup on the 10 Freeway in El Monte

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A driver and a motorcyclist died in a six-vehicle wreck on the 10 Freeway in El Monte early Sunday, authorities said.

The deadly pileup took place at about 5:20 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the freeway, just west of Valley Boulevard, according to Officer J. Cuevas of the California Highway Parol's East Los Angeles-area office.

A 52-year-old West Covina man driving a 2003 Acura was killed in the collision, along with a 25-year-old West Covina man who was riding a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The Acura collided with the center divider and ended up sitting sideways across the carpool and fast lanes, Cuevas said in a written statement.

An approaching 2019 Ford Transit then struck the Acura, he said. "As a result of the collision, (the driver) was ejected from (the Acura) and came to a rest in the roadway."

The Harley-Davidson motorcycle subsequently struck the Ford Transit, which had come to a stop in the fast lane, according to the CHP. The rider was thrown from the motorcycle.

A westbound 2007 Mercedes-Benz E350, followed by a 2002 Chevrolet S-10  and a 2017 Honda Civic then struck the Acura, Cuevas said.

Paramedics pronounced the driver of the Acura and the motorcyclist dead at the scene. Their identities were not release pending notification of family.

The driver of the Ford Transit was taken to a hospital with injuries described as minor, CHP officials said. No additional injuries were reported.

No arrests were made, and the cause of the chain-reaction collision remained under investigation.

Freeway lanes remained closed due to the crash through 9 a.m.

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