605 Freeway Car Crash in Long Beach Sends Man to Hospital in Critical Condition

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Photo courtesy of LBFD.

A man was sent to a local trauma hospital in critical condition on Wednesday after his vehicle went off the San Gabriel (605) Freeway in Long Beach into an embankment and struck a tree, according to the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD).

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers initially reported a vehicle-versus-tree crash at 11:32AM on Wednesday, May 25 on the northbound 605 freeway just south of Carson Street, which blocked the No. 4 lane for a few minutes.

LBFD personnel were called to the scene at 11:34AM regarding a collision between two vehicles, including one that went down an embankment and struck a tree, LBFD spokesman Brian Fisk said.

The man had his lower extremities entangled in the vehicle which took firefighters about 20 minutes to free him, said Fisk, who called the incident a “pretty severe crash.”

Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) engine personnel assisted LBFD firefighters with the extraction, Fisk said.

The victim was transported in critical condition to an area trauma hospital.

No other details were provided regarding the incident. No other victims were reported.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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