The driver of the UPS big rig attempted to swerve, to avoid a head-on collision, but the big rig and sedan collided, CHP said. The back trailer being hauled rolled over into the center divider wall, causing it to fall into the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway. The front trailer remained in the westbound lanes and caught fire after the crash. According to the California Highway Patrol the woman driving the compact sedan was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Her identity has not been released pending notification of her family.
CHP officials said the driver of the big rig had to be extricated from the truck but did not have life threatening injuries. They said the trailer that caught fire was a total loss. CHP officials closed the two left lanes while the accident scene was cleared and the lanes were reopened at approximately 11:00 a.m.