Shortly after 5:40 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014, a 5-year-old girl was killed and several people were injured in a semi crash in South El Monte, reported the Los Angeles Times. Three big rigs and eight vehicles collided on the 60 Freeway near Santa Anita Boulevard. The girl who sustained fatal trauma was not identified. More than a dozen people were injured, five of them critically. Authorities closed all lanes of the freeway for several hours while they investigated. The freeway did not fully reopen until just before 12:30 p.m. The crash is under investigation.
Big rigs and other large trucks were involved in 245 of the motor vehicle collisions that proved fatal and 5,155 of those that resulted in injury in the state in 2011, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. They were involved in 47 of the fatal and 1,607 of the injury crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County. None of the traffic accidents that occurred in South El Monte that year were fatal; however, 72 caused injury.
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All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the girl who was killed in this accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.
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