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2 women die in traffic accidents an hour apart in La Mirada, Cerritos

2 women die in traffic accidents an hour apart in La Mirada, Cerritos
Traffic crashes Thursday morning killed two women in southeast Los Angeles County. (Los Angeles Times)

Two women were killed in traffic crashes about an hour apart in southeast Los Angeles County on Thursday morning, sheriff's officials said.

The first crash occurred about 6 a.m. in Cerritos when a car turning at the intersection of 166th Street and Bloomfield Avenue and was hit by a big rig.

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The female passenger in the car -- who has not been identified -- was declared dead at the scene and the driver was taken to a local hospital, said sheriff's Lt. Steve Marella. The big rig driver was uninjured and an investigation was underway.

About an hour later and three miles away in La Mirada, a woman crossing busy Rosecrans Avenue at Jacana Drive on foot was struck by a car, said sheriff's Lt. Eric Smitson.

Though the intersection has no stop sign and no crosswalk, it's legal to cross there, Smitson said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver stopped and was cooperating with investigators, Smitson said. The woman who was killed has not yet been identified.

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