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5 dead in fiery crash, closing the 10 Freeway in Rialto

A 10 Freeway crash that left four dead on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.
A 10 Freeway crash that left four dead on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.
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Authorities have reopened several lanes of a Southern California freeway where a fiery crash killed five people.

The California Highway Patrol says a cement pumping truck was heading west on Interstate 10 in Rialto shortly before 1 p.m. Friday when it smashed through the guard rail and ran head-on into eastbound traffic.

A half-dozen vehicles, including a trash-hauling truck and a motorcycle, were involved in the wreck and some caught fire. The motorcycle rider was among the dead.

The freeway was shut down all afternoon, backing up traffic for miles. Two westbound lanes have reopened but eastbound lanes remain shut.

KABC-TV reports that some motorists got stuck in sand on the side of the freeway when they tried to avoid the backup.

This story has been updated.