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10 Freeway, PCH clogged by fatal big rig crash; traffic jammed

Fatal crash involving 2 big rigs, minivan clogs 10 Freeway, PCH in Santa Monica
CHP diverting traffic around fatal big rig crash in Santa Monica; PCH, 10 Freeway clogged

A crash involving two big rigs and a minivan Friday on the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica killed one person and seriously injured several others, officials said.

It was not immediately clear who was killed as crews continued to clear the crash site, California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Bishop said.

Santa Monica spokeswoman Robin Gee said the minivan was carrying seven people. One of two people severely injured in the crash had to be airlifted to a local hospital, she said. Six others were in moderate condition.

The westbound 10 Freeway remained closed Friday afternoon between Lincoln Boulevard and the California Incline on Pacific Coast Highway, causing widespread traffic jams as crews worked to clear the crash site.

PCH was temporarily closed after a SigAlert was issued at 1:11 p.m. but was reopened by 2:30 p.m.

Santa Monica police said on its Facebook page that the 10 Freeway closure was expected to last until at least 5 p.m.

Westbound traffic on the 10 was being diverted off at Lincoln. From there, drivers can turn right to Santa Monica or Wilshire boulevards, then left to Ocean Avenue. Drivers could then turn right and go to the California Incline to reach Pacific Coast Highway.

Gee urged drivers to be patient as authorities work within the road closure.

 

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UPDATE

2:03 p.m. PDT: This story was updated to reflect more information on detours and freeway closures.

2:54 p.m. PDT: This story was updated to reflect additional information on injuries and road closures.

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