Several lanes of the 57 Freeway near Chapman Avenue in Fullerton were shut down late Wednesday evening after a multiple-vehicle crash involving a big rig, authorities said.
Shortly after 7 p.m., a tire on the big rig blew out, causing the truck to strike the center divider on the southbound side of the freeway and roll over into the northbound lanes, said Officer Jon Latosquin of the California Highway Patrol. Diesel fuel from the rig spilled onto the roadway.
At least seven other vehicles then collided, according to a spokeswoman for Metro Cities Fire Authority.
Investigators said the truck was hauling a forklift, which flew into the air after becoming dislodged by the impact, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported.
Seven people were transported to trauma centers, fire officials said. At least one person was pronounced dead, according to the CHP.
All but two southbound lanes of the freeway were shut down. Four lanes on the northbound side remained open.
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