Multi-car crash shuts down eastbound 91 Freeway in Long Beach

A multi-car crash hurt one person and shut down all lanes of the eastbound 91 Freeway near Cherry Avenue during the Monday morning commute.

The wreck happened around 7:30 a.m., prompting the CHP to issue an alert saying all eastbound lanes were expected to be closed for a time while crews cleaned up debris and some fuel that had spilled.

Investigators think the crash happened when a white box truck lost control in the carpool lane and hit three other vehicles, including a big-rig tractor and a Kia Sorrento, according to CHP spokesman Jeremy Tolen.

“The Kia came to rest facing the wrong way and all lanes were blocked for a short period of time,” he said. “The Kia driver was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital to get checked out for minor injuries.”

Around 8:15 authorities reopened two lanes of the freeway.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Monday afternoon with more information from the CHP.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is managing 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.