April 1, 2013
Two people are killed in a fatal accident early Monday. The incident forced the closure of the westbound side of the 118 freeway in Granada Hills.
The accident occurred at about 4 am and involved a big rig and two Toyota Sedans California Highway Patrol said.
The accident happened around 3:40 a.m. just east of the White Oak Avenue exit.
According to the CHP the fiery crash was a result of a chain of events starting when a Toyota rear-ended the big rig in the number 4 lane.
Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said, “One of the vehicles is reported to have caught fire”
The CHP says the accident was a result of a chain of events starting when a Toyota rear-ended a big rig in the number four lane.
CHP Officer Leland Tang said, “That vehicle was stalled in the number four lane, and subsequently, a Toyota Celica rear-ended this unknown Toyota with two occupants in it, we believe causing a vehicle fire.”
According to police two people were killed in the burning car. The 29 year old driver of the Toyota Celica was rushed to the hospital for minor injuries, Tang said.
The CHP issued a SigAlert for all motorists traveling on the westbound lane. Westbound traffic was diverted to San Diego 405 Freeway.
All westbound lanes of the 118 freeway were closed Monday morning which caused a major backup in traffic on the said lane. The road reportedly re-opened at 9 am shortly after it was cleared.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash can call the CHP.
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