UPDATE: Collision May Have Caused 710 Traffic Fatality in Long Beach


Google Maps Screenshot of the 710 exit at Sixth Street in Long Beach. 

UPDATE | Detectives believe the 2006 Toyota Scion may have hit a 2006 Ford Escape before losing control and careening off of the southbound 710 Freeway north of the Sixth Street on-ramp early Wednesday morning, killing one occupant, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) announced Wednesday.

Another male adult occupant was found near the crash site with minor injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment, according to a release issued by the LBPD. Officials say it is unclear how the second occupant was involved in the crash.

A clearer picture of the events leading to the traffic fatality emerged in the release issued by the LBPD, which explained that a preliminary investigation suggested the Toyota was traveling southbound on the 710 Freeway, approaching the Shoemaker Bridge/Terminal Island split when it lost control and traveled off the bridge for an unknown reason, landing on the 710 Freeway Transition to Terminal Island.

Officials say the Toyota may have made contact with the silver 2006 Ford Escape, California license plate 5MOV326, before its fatal landing.

PREVIOUSLY: Man Dies After Veering off 710, Hitting Big Rig at 6th Street Exit in Long Beach

12/16/15 at 9:58AM | A man died shortly after his vehicle veered off of the 710 Freeway near the Sixth Street Exit, hitting a large commercial vehicle early this morning, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officials announced.

LBPD officers were dispatched at 1:06AM this morning on a call to deal with an injury traffic collision at the 710 Freeway and Sixth Street, LBPD spokesperson Marlene Arrona stated.

At the scene, officers extricated a male adult in his 30s from a vehicle and transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Upon the LBPD’s preliminary investigation, the man had been driving his vehicle southbound on the 710 Freeway, when the car veered off the roadway near the Sixth Street exit and hit a large commercial vehicle on the roadway below.

Officials closed the southbound lanes of the 710 Freeway at Anaheim during the investigation.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

No additional information was available at this time. The Post will update this story as we learn more. 

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