Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A fiery five-vehicle crash on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in West Covina Friday left two people dead, including a 90-year-old man, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The crash took place on the westbound 10 Freeway between Citrus and Barranca avenues about 1:10 a.m., said CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.

The chain-reaction collision involved a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, an Audi A8 sedan and three other vehicles, the CHP reported.

The male driver of the Toyota Tacoma, whose age was unknown, died at the scene, the CHP reported. The 90-year-old was a passenger in the Audi, whose driver, a 68-year-old Pasadena woman, suffered moderate injuries.

The names of the dead were not immediately released.

According to the CHP’s preliminary report, a 2009 Toyota Corolla was stopped in the Number 2 lane because of heavy traffic. The Tacoma was approaching the Corolla in the Number 2 lane, and the Audi was behind the Tacoma, whose driver veered to the left for unknown reasons and came into contact with a Lexus, the CHP reported.

“The front of the Tacoma then collided into the rear of the stopped Toyota Corolla,” the CHP reported.

The five-vehicle crash, which also involved a big rig, shut down all westbound lanes at Barranca Avenue and triggered a SigAlert declaration at 1:19 a.m., according to the CHP. The lanes were reopened around 5:15 a.m.

—City News Service

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