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210 Freeway Closed Overnight in La Crescenta After 2 Big Rigs Collide

Both drivers escape unharmed.

By City News Service

A big rig collision and fire closed the westbound lanes of the Foothill (210) Freeway in La Crescenta for more than five hours early Tuesday.

California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said the collision occurred around 12:05 a.m. on the freeway, just east of the Lowell Boulevard off-ramp.

The collision occurred when a big rig rear-ended another that had slowed down unexpectedly, Villalobos said.

The impact ignited both the tractor and its load of wooden pallets, burning the tractor to the ground, Villalobos said.

Both drivers escaped unharmed, and there were no other injuries, Villalobos said.

Westbound lanes of the 210 were closed between Lowell and the Pennsylvania Avenue offramps, Villalobos said, but were expected to open by 6:30 a.m., with a single lane possibly opening as early as 5.30 a.m.

CV Gal December 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM
We are seeing a huge increase in big rig accidents in the last 5 years, especially on the 210 Freeway. We must do something about this bad situation by getting more goods on rail. Imagine the same fire occurring in the proposed 710 tunnel project that Metro & Caltrans want to build in Pasadena. It would cause catastrophic loss of life. This project will bring 4x the amount of traffic to the area and on to the eastbound and westbound 210, right in our neighborhood. Send a message to transportation officials against this plan and sign the petition at no710.com.

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