Driver hospitalized after big-rig smashup on 710 Freeway

Rescuers had to pull a driver from his truck’s mangled cab after two big-rigs crashed into each other on the 710 Freeway near the 91 Freeway Thursday morning.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. on the southbound 710 just north of the 91.

Photos from the scene show a truck that appeared to have crashed into the back of another big-rig.

The smashed pink truck. Photo by Stephen Carr.

“Both drivers suffered injuries with one requiring extrication with the ‘jaws of life,'” the Long Beach Fire Department tweeted. The driver that had to be rescued was taken to a trauma hospital, they said.

The crash spread debris across the roadway and shut down three lanes of the 710 Freeway, according to a CHP log.

Members of the Long Beach Fire Department, CHP and CalTrans working the scene of a crash on the 710 Freeway. Photo by Stephen Carr.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.