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Accident Slows Tuesday Rush Hour Traffic

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Accident Slows Tuesday Rush Hour Traffic

By Mary O’KEEFE

Traffic on the Foothill (210) Freeway traveling just west of the Ocean View Boulevard exit was backed up for about two hours on Tuesday after one vehicle allegedly cut in front of a big rig causing it to jackknife, colliding with vehicles until it was stopped by running into the center median.

About 3:10 p.m. a 51-year-old San Gabriel man driving a pick-up truck apparently swerved in front of a semi-truck/big rig traveling in the third lane, driven by a 60-year-old San Luis Obispo man. That caused the big rig to swerve left colliding with a pick-up truck driven by a 46-year-old Pomona man.

“The pick-up truck spun out of control and went over to the left shoulder,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Barrios. “The big rig continued eastbound and collided with a sedan [driven by a 46-year-old man].”

The big rig smashed into the center freeway median. Remarkably no one reported any injuries, Barrios said.

Numbers one, two and three lanes were closed for a little over two hours, the number four lane remained open. Traffic heading eastbound was reduced to one lane backing traffic for several miles. The westbound traffic was also slow due in part to curious drivers slowing because of the accident.

All eastbound traffic was stopped for about 10 minutes as the big rig was towed off
the freeway. The accident is
still under investigation by
CHP.

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