60 Freeway closure: All lanes clear after crash that left 5-year-old girl dead, many injured

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Update 4:33 p.m. The 5-year-old girl killed in a 60 Freeway accident Thursday has been identified as Maydelin Salas, the Los Angeles County coroner's office's Lt. David Smith tells KPCC. Salas was from South El Monte.

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Updated 1:53 p.m.: All lanes clear after crash 

All lanes have been reopened on the 60 Freeway in South El Monte after a deadly, chain reaction wreck closed the freeway through Thursday morning's rush hour. 

A 5-year-old girl died and 13 people were reported injured in the pile up — three critically. Nine passenger vehicles, two big rigs and a tanker truck loaded with milk were involved.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Edgar Figueroa says the wreckage covered a lot of ground.

"Two football fields along of debris and vehicles scattered throughout  the eastbound side. Two vehicles were burned. One big rig was in the middle of the roadway. Another big rig was on the right shoulder  just ahead. And finally the tanker was on the west bound side, the opposite side of where the rest of the vehicles were."

Officials are still investigating what caused the chain reaction pile up. 

California Highway Patrol spokesman Edgar Figueroa says at about 5:45 this morning "several vehicles were slowing down on the Eastbound 60 at Santa Anita Avenue and a tanker truck, which was behind them, collided into several vehicles. That caused the tanker truck to veer to the left and crash into the center divider wall, eventually stopping on top of the center divider wall." 

Updated 10:46 a.m.: Lanes reopen on 60 Freeway

Three lanes of the westbound 60 Freeway reopened Thursday morning following a fiery crash involving multiple vehicles that left several people injured and a 5-year-old girl dead.

Connectors to the 605 were also open. Eastbound lanes on the 60 were expected to reopen at 11 a.m., Caltrans announced via Twitter:

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There were more than a dozen people injured, including five critically injured, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Updated 8:49 a.m.: Coroner says 5-year-old girl killed

Authorities say a 5-year-old girl was killed and several others were injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash that has shut down all lanes of a Los Angeles County freeway.

Coroner's Lt. David Smith says the girl died at a hospital.

California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos says the accident early Thursday on State Route 60 involved a tanker truck that crossed over the center divider.

He says nine vehicles were involved in the crash in South El Monte, and at least two caught fire.

County fire dispatch supervisor Art Marrujo said earlier that 14 people were injured, three critically. It's unclear whether the girl who died was among those critically hurt.

Villalobos says the truck was traveling eastbound when it hit the divider and overturned.

All lanes are expected to remain closed in both directions for several hours.

7:10 a.m.: 60 Freeway closed, 14 injured after fiery crash

Authorities say 14 people have been injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash that has shut down all lanes of the 60 Freeway in South El Monte.

California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos says the accident early Thursday on State Route 60 involved a tanker truck that crossed over the center divider.

He says up to eight vehicles were involved in the crash, and at least two caught fire.

County fire dispatch supervisor Art Marrujo says 14 people are injured, three critically. The other 11 had minor injuries.

Villalobos says the truck carrying milk was traveling eastbound when it hit the divider and overturned, spilling fuel into lanes.

Milk was spilled into westbound lanes. All lanes are expected to remain closed in both directions for some time.

South El Monte is 15 miles east of Los Angeles.

This story has been updated.

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