A 52-year-old Cerritos man was killed in a pre-dawn crash Tuesday on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Norwalk involving two cars and a big rig.

The crash occurred just after 3 a.m. in the southbound lanes near Alondra Boulevard

The preliminary investigation determined the driver of a Kia crashed into the rear of a Toyota Camry that was stopped in the number 5 lane behind a truck that had halted due to traffic in the area, pushing the Toyota under the semi, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“It appears that the Kia driver may not have been wearing his seatbelt and as a result he sustained fatal injuries,” CHP Sgt. Raquel Stage said at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of his family.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as Manuel Guerrero, 68, of La Puente, complained of neck pain and was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, according to the CHP.

The big rig driver, 57-year-old Ki Ho Baek of La Puente, was not hurt.

Three traffic lanes and the westbound Alondra Boulevard on-ramp to the southbound 605 were blocked for about 4 1/2 hours for the investigation and cleanup. All lanes were reopened just before 7:30 a.m.

Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call Officer M. Dulong at 562-868-0503. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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