Multiple trucks and vehicles collided in a deadly wreck on Interstate 5 north of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A total of three big rigs, four passenger vehicles and a pickup truck were involved in the crash on the southbound side of the freeway, which brought late morning traffic to a standstill, according to the agency. The 10 injured drivers include a 27-year-old female, who the agency said was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The other nine were treated for minor injuries at the scene of the wreck.
A dog was also pronounced dead at the scene, according to the fire department.
Police could not confirm the identity or vehicle of the dead driver, California Highway Patrol spokesperson Jose Nunez said at a press conference.
“As you can imagine, there’s a lot of details to sort through. A lot of evidence,” he said. “It is going be an extensive amount of time.”
Officers from the California Highway Patrol, L.A. Fire Department and Caltrans were at the scene investigating the cause of the accident Tuesday afternoon, according to CHP Officer Robert Gomez. Hazmat crews were also on site.
“In regards to the cause of the accident — there’s the possibility of the trailer traveling northbound and jumping the center median, causing the chain of events on the southbound side,” he told KPCC.
All southbound lanes of the 5 were closed beginning just north of Colorado, while the right two northbound lanes had been reopened, Gomez said. Northbound traffic was backed up to the 110 Freeway, while southbound travelers were backed up to Burbank Boulevard.
Gomez estimated the lanes would reopen by late Tuesday evening.
The California Department of Transportation suggested the following detours: