Several vehicles were involved in a crash on the 57 Freeway in Fullerton, California, on Wednesday night that killed at least one person and injured seven others, according to media reports. The incident reportedly prompted the closure of several lanes of the freeway near Chapman Avenue.
The California Highway Patrol reportedly said that the crash took place after a tire on a big trailer truck burst, causing the vehicle to hit the center divider on the southbound side following which the vehicle rolled over onto the northbound lanes, Officer John Latosquin reportedly said. A spokeswoman for Metro Cities Fire Authority told the Los Angeles Times that at least seven other cars then collided with the truck.
The driver of a car was reportedly killed and seven others involved in the crash were transported to trauma centers. Fullerton Police, the Orange County Fire Authority and the Metro Cities Fire Authority reportedly responded to the crash scene. The rig was carrying a forklift, which was separated from the truck by the impact, the LATimes reported, citing KTLA5, a local news network.
Aerial footage of the crash showed a large part of the freeway covered in debris and damaged vehicles, according to KTLA5.