Big Rig Loaded With Carnival Ride Crashes on 605 Freeway in Long Beach

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A big rig that was hauling a carnival ride overturned during a crash on the 605 Freeway that prompted an hourslong closure through Long Beach Tuesday morning.

The crash was reported on the southbound side of the freeway just before 1:30 a.m., when the truck and a Toyota Corolla collided near Willow Street.

The big rig’s engine block dislodged as the truck rolled over and hit a BMW traveling in a separate lane, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Anthony Soriano said.

The drivers of the Corolla and the BMW were both transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, Soriano said.

The driver of the big rig also suffered minor injuries but declined treatment, an official at the scene said.

It was unclear what led to the initial crash, which also damaged a light pole and a guard rail on the freeway.

The big rig was carrying a carnival ride called the Sizzler when the crash occurred.

A SigAlert was issued for the closure of all southbound lanes.

The lanes remained closed for several hours while crews worked to clean oil and debris from the roadway.

After about 7 hours, officials reopened all but one lane of the freeway to traffic.

The final lane reopened about 3 p.m.

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