A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

Two 20-year-old men were killed in a five-vehicle crash on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday.

The two victims were the driver and passenger of a 2004 red Buick and were residents of San Rafael and Novato, respectively, the CHP reported. Their names were withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The crash on the eastbound freeway, east of Sierra Madre Boulevard, occurred about 4:50 p.m. Friday.

A white 2007 Nissan box truck driven by 45-year-old Gabriel Lopez of Corona struck a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by 26-year-old Tyler Brubaker of Valencia, in the carpool lane. The Jeep was then pushed into the red Buick driven by one of the deceased victims, which was then pushed into the center divider.

The Jeep then veered to the right into the No. 1 lane. The Nissan truck continued in an easterly direction and struck the Buick, which continued in a easterly direction and collided with a 2006 Chevrolet GMC driven by 55-year-old Reggie Pena of Perris.

“This impact caused the Buick to fold in half causing fatal injuries to the driver and passenger of the Buick,” the CHP said.

The box truck pushed the Buick and Chevy eastward causing the Chevrolet to roll over on its right side, according to the CHP.

The Jeep was then broadsided by a 2015 silver Hyundai driven by 36-year- old Meredith Lee of Ventura.

The motorists in the Nissan box truck and Jeep Grand Cherokee suffered minor injuries and were transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital, the CHP reported.

—City News Service

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