Seven people were hospitalized and one person was arrested Friday night after a vehicle overturned on the Long Beach (710) Freeway as a result of a possible road rage incident, authorities said.
Police responded to a call of a vehicle that drove over the side of the freeway near the southbound 6th Street exit at 10:23PM, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokeswoman Nancy Pratt.
Arriving officers found a Nissan SUV that had gone over the railing and landed on its roof on the ground below, Pratt said. All seven occupants of the vehicle, who were transported to area hospitals, suffered non-life threatening injuries and are in stable condition, she added.
During the investigation, which temporarily shut down a portion of the freeway, a witness told officers that another vehicle was involved in the incident and had left the scene, according to officials. Police were able to find the vehicle and take the driver into custody.
The driver was identified as 28-year-old Marco Andrade. He was booked for felony hit-and-run and is being held at Long Beach City Jail on $50,000 bail.
“It is not clear what led to the incident and both drivers will be evaluated to see if any type of impairment contributed to the crash,” Pratt said. “Preliminary witness statements indicate this was possibly some sort of road rage incident, but that has not been confirmed.”