Caltrans street sweeper ignites four-car crash, leading to one fatality

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Friday, October 11, 2013

One person was killed and two more were injured when a Caltrans sweeper rear-ended a passenger car, setting off a chain reaction that involved another car and a tractor-trailer.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which happened Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the southbound lanes of the 710 Freeway in south Los Angeles.

The four-vehicle collision, which included a Caltrans sweeper train and a big rig, happened just before 11 a.m. in the southbound lanes just north of the 405 Freeway.

All four vehicles were driving in the right lane when traffic came to a halt just before the 405 transition roads and the Caltrans sweeper train failed to stop, according to a crash report from the state patrol.

The Caltrans vehicle collided with a Honda Civic, which resulted in fatal injuries to the driver, whose identity is being held pending notification of next of kin. The Civic was then pushed forward into a blue Toyota Camry, which was pushed into a Freightliner Columbia. The Camry was overturned during the course of the collision.

The female driver of the blue Toyota Camry sustained multiple injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was reported to have sought aid on his own.

No arrests were made as a result of the crash. A spokesman for the patrol said the investigation is continuing.

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