PCH Traffic Collision in West Long Beach Results in Fatality

A 62-year-old resident of West Covina was killed this morning after he crashed into an 18-wheeler on Pacific Coast Highway early this morning. The driver of the big rig was uninjured.

The accident occured just west of the I-710, in the 2100 block of PCH, when the driver of a 1997 Chevy Lumina heading east crashed into the front-end of the westbound-facing red big-rig, which was sitting in the center share lane. It is unclear what caused the driver, still unidentified, to suddenly veer.

The eastbound lanes of PCH remained closed for hours though this closure was not connected to the late-night closure of the 710 onramps for eastbound and westbound PCH. The latter closure was due to a non-hazardous spill of sulfur that occurred on Tuesday evening at 10:15PM.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Collision Investigations Detective David Lauro at 562-570-7355. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.