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Fatality in Today's Big Rig Crash Is a Child

Another child suffered critical injuries in the crash and was airlifted from the scene.

Originally posted at 6:36 p.m. June 6, 2014. Edited with new details.

A child was killed and seven other people, including another child, were injured today when a big rig, a dump truck and a minivan crashed in the McClure Tunnel linking the Santa Monica (10) Freeway and Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica.

The crash occurred about 12:35 p.m. on the westbound side of the freeway, according to Robin Gee, public information manager with the city of Santa Monica.

Two children were critically injured in the wreck and taken to hospitals, where one died, Santa Monica Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom Clemo said. The children's ages were not immediately known.

Six other people -- five from the minivan and one of the truck drivers -- suffered moderate injuries in the crash, Clemo said.

The injured truck driver declined to be taken to a hospital against medical advice, Gee said. The rest were taken to hospitals, she said.

The crash shut down both directions of the Santa Monica Freeway, backing up traffic into the Mid-City area. Eastbound lanes reopened at about 2 p.m., but westbound lanes were not reopened until around 6:30 p.m.

The crash also caused a major backup on the PCH, California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Bishop said.

Traffic on surface streets also was snarled as motorists sought to make their way through the area.

--City News Service


Lorelei Shark June 07, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Too many big rigs and dump trucks on our streets. The McClure tunnel has two narrow lanes in each direction. Vehicles go speeding through there as if they were on an open straight-a-way. Either change the speed limit - make it one lane in each direction or have larger vehicles go around and not use the tunnel. It took 3 crashes within a couple of weeks to stop the big rigs driving over Trousdale. So much new construction = more heavier, clumsy large vehicles on the road. I fear Malibu Canyon may suffer this fate - as the big trucks try to stay up to speed rather than pull-over to let cars pass. This is very sad that a child's life was taken and another suffered critical injuries.
tony June 07, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Terrible Just terrible. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones. May the 2 year old childs life be forever preserved in heaven above. RIP God bless all
Laura Tompkins June 07, 2014 at 03:01 PM
This article does not divulge the age of the child. The fact that an innocent child was killed is horrible.

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