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POSTED October 23, 2012 9:01 p.m.

27 hurt as truck, bus, car collide in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An untended dump truck rolled down a Hollywood street Tuesday and smashed into a commuter bus, which then collided head-on with a car and left 27 people injured, authorities said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus carrying 25 people was westbound on Hollywood Boulevard shortly before 8 a.m. when the truck T-boned it, creasing the metal side and shattering windows, authorities said.

In trying to avoid it, the bus veered into eastbound lanes and collided with a sedan driven by a woman taking her 10-year-old daughter to school, city Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The front of the car was wedged under the bus. Some bus passengers escaped through emergency windows but the woman in the sedan was trapped and had to be cut free by firefighters, Humphrey said.

Big-rigs collide in interstate truck tunnel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took more than three hours to pry a driver from his demolished big-rig after nine trucks collided in chain-reaction crashes in an Interstate 5 bypass tunnel where three people died in a fiery crash five years ago, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Rain may have been a factor in the latest jumble early Tuesday in the Newhall Pass tunnel, 25 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, investigators said.

An investigation by The Associated Press found that more than a decade before the deadly pileup five years ago, authorities warned that the stretch of freeway was dangerous and steps should be taken to improve safety.

Highway officials cut grooves into the pavement to improve traction, but a state police request to routinely close the road in stormy weather was rejected, the AP found.

The state later raised the speed limit in the tunnel from 45 mph to 55 mph.

Tuesday's crashes started when a big-rig spun out and jackknifed after traveling through the southbound tunnel just after 2 a.m. Three big-rigs traveling behind slammed into the wreckage, CHP Officer Mike Harris said.

Three other big-rigs managed to slow down and stop. But Harris said five other trucks, including a dump truck, collided in a second chain-reaction crash in the tunnel that has two lanes heading the same direction.

2 die as runaway truck crushes car on So. Cal road

HIGHLAND (AP) — Two people are dead after a runaway truck crushed a car on a San Bernardino County mountain road.

The flatbed truck was hauling an earthmover and forklift on a trailer when it went out of control Monday on Highway 330 between Highland and Running Springs.

The California Highway Patrol says the truck left the road and climbed a hillside, then veered back. The driver jumped or fell to his death but the truck continued for another 150 feet downhill until it jackknifed across the road.

An oncoming car was crushed under it.

The driver died and the passenger, a 58-year-old woman, was treated for pain and scrapes.

The truck will be inspected to determine whether its brakes failed.

 

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