Workman Bill Andrew looks north out the front of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse as vehicles descend Angeles Crest Highway toward La Cañada Flintridge’s Foothill Boulevard. A big rig descending Angeles Crest barreled through the busy intersection on Wednesday, struck several vehicles and smashed into the bookstore/coffeehouse, killing two motorists and injuring 12 people, three of them critically. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Flowers were left at the scene Thursday morning as engineers study the structural integrity of the gaping hole in the front of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Dana McDermott, right, manager of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, and server Melissa Watkins survey the damage left by the big rig that smashed into the establishment. “I thought we were gonna die,” Watkins said. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Dana McDermott, left, manager of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, hugs employee Rob Gibbs in back of the establishment. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Television crews interview 16-year-old Malia Mailes in front of La Cañada High School after they learned she completed a PowerPoint production detailing the danger of a hypothetical truck crash at the same intersection as Wednesday’s actual crash. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The dead have been identified as 58-year-old Angel Jorge Posca and his daughter, Angelina, of Palmdale. (Department of Motor Vehicles)
A big rig descending Angeles Crest Highway lost control at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge. A Palmdale man and his daughter were killed, authorities say.
A firefighter pauses from rescue work. The trucks driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, authorities said. The cause of the wreck was under investigation. A passenger in the truck was not hurt.