Driver dead after car rolls over in crash next to Long Beach Airport, fire officials say

A man died from his injuries after a single-vehicle car crash Saturday morning next to the Long Beach Airport, authorities said.

Police responded around 10:30 a.m. to the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and East Wardlow Road after reports of a major traffic collision involving one car, LBPD spokesperson Allison Gallagher said.

When first responders got to the scene, they found a man trapped in a car that had rolled over onto its roof, authorities said.

Long Beach fire personnel arrived four minutes later and used the “Jaws of Life” to get the man out of the vehicle, LBFD spokesperson Brian Fisk said. The man, who was only identified as being in his 50s, was transported by LBFD to a trauma hospital in serious condition, Fisk said. He has since died, according to the LBPD.

Police say the man was speeding southbound on Lakewood Boulevard in an SUV when it hit the center median of the road just north of Wardlow Road, causing the vehicle to travel onto the wrong side of the street before driving into a traffic signal, rolling over and striking a tree.

A small fire was ignited during the crash, which people in the area were able to put out using a fire extinguisher, police said.

Several roads in the area of Lakewood Boulevard and East Wardlow Road were closed as detectives investigated. Drivers have been advised to avoid the area and use southbound Lakewood Boulevard, off Carson Street, to access the airport. The investigation is ongoing.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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