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8-car, big rig fatal crash in Pomona is under investigation

The chain-reaction motor vehicle accident that involved eight cars and a tractor trailer in Pomona appears to remain under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. One man died in the crash and several people were injured, according to news reports.

The massive crash took place on the 10 Freeway in Pomona on Monday evening. The chain-reaction was set off with a three-car collision at about 8:07 p.m. That crash caused traffic to back up, and about one minute later, six vehicles and a big rig piled up onto the original crash scene.

The semi-truck's fuel tank was ruptured during the crash, and about 100 gallons of fuel spilled out onto the freeway, as both the semi-truck and a BMW caught fire.

A man in the BMW did not survive; two others who were in that vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries and were flown to a hospital. 

Two others who were involved in the collision suffered major injuries. At least three others suffered minor injuries.

The 10 was closed through the night as a crew cleaned up the hazardous fuel spill and investigators worked on the scene.

Chain-reaction car accidents require very complex and in-depth investigations, as there may be a number of drivers who share different levels of responsibility. It will be necessary in this case to determine what caused the initial three-car accident, and whether the big rig and the other four cars could have avoided crashing into the accident scene. These questions must be answered in order for victims to seek justice and compensation for their losses.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News, "Freeway in Pomona reopens following fatal crash," Doug Saunders and Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Aug. 19, 2013

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