On Tuesday, a big-rig truck and nearly 20 cars collided Tuesday on a freeway in the mountains north of Los Angeles, resulting in at least 17 people sent to hospitals, including two with critical injuries.
Television news photos and videos showed numerous cars, trucks & SUVs mangled together and piled on top of each other in a mass of twisted steel.
The crash was reported at 9:45 a.m., and Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mark Savage said "there are 19 vehicles involved, at least one or two big-rigs." Firefighters freed a person trapped in the wreckage, and a fleet of ambulances ferried the injured to hospitals, Savage said. Fire Capt. Doug LaCount told KABC-TV that most of the injuries were minor.
All the southbound lanes and two northbound lanes were reopened at 2:08 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The cause of the large truck accident was under investigation.