Man Killed on 710 Freeway

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

BELL GARDENS (CNS) – A Bell Gardens man killed when an SUV overturned on the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway in Bell was publicly identified Monday.

He was Ricardo Casillas, 29, according to coroner’s Investigator Jerry McKibben.

The crash happened at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, just south of Florence Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.

One of the rear tires blew out on Casillas’ 1998 Honda Passport, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

The driver crossed three lanes trying to regain control and when he made a sharp left turn to avoid crashing into a retaining wall on the right side, the Honda overturned on the freeway, according to the CHP. Casillas was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers suffered minor injuries, according to the CHP.

The crash shut down the numbers 2, 3 and 4 lanes on the freeway, resulting in a SigAlert at 2:02 p.m. The lanes were cleared at 4:33 p.m., Rubio said.

Man Killed in 710 Freeway Accident

September 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A 27-year-old male passenger was killed when the car he was riding in, driven by an allegedly drunken driver, rear-ended an SUV on the Long Beach (710) Freeway in Bell Gardens, police said Sunday.

At about 4:15 a.m., a 26-year-old man from South Gate was driving a 2012 Honda Civic south of Florence Avenue and the Clara Street overpass, said California Highway Patrol Officer Gomez.

While driving at an unsafe speed, the driver abruptly slowed down due to another collision ahead and collided with the rear of a 1999 Ford Expedition, Gomez said.

The passenger in the Civic, an unidentified man also from South Gate, suffered fatal injuries and died at Saint Francis Hospital, he said.

The driver was arrested for allegedly drunken driving, Gomez said.

He suffered moderate injuries and was also taken to Saint Francis Hospital.

The driver of the Expedition was not hurt.

Lawsuit Filed Over Oil Spill on 710 Freeway Near Commerce

May 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A lawsuit filed by the owners of a big rig that crashed on the Long Beach (710) Freeway in Commerce in 2013, leaving the driver severely burned, alleges that the accident occurred when a wheel broke free from a minibus that was being towed.

Pan Pacific Petroleum Co. Inc. filed the negligence suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against A&S Towing. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, also names the tow truck driver, Frank Lopez; minibus owners Cedric Collins and Frank West; and three auto maintenance companies that allegedly performed work on the minibus.

A man who answered the phone at Long Beach-based A&S Towing today said the company has new owners who had nothing to do with the incident. He also said Lopez no longer works with the firm.

The big rig, which was carrying about 8,000 gallons of crude oil, crashed about 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 27, 2013, near Washington Boulevard. The truck hit a guard rail and burst into flames as it dangled over the side of the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Much of the crude oil spilled and some of it flowed down an embankment to a residential area, setting two parked trucks on fire.

According to the lawsuit, Donovan Dixon, the big rig’s driver, lost control of the truck when he struck a tire or wheel that came off the minibus as it was being towed.

The suit alleges the towing firm was negligent in attaching the minibus to its truck and that the vehicle was not properly maintained by Collins and West.

The CHP closed the freeway in both directions after the crash and did not re-open it until the next morning. The fire sent residents fleeing from their homes and prompted evacuations in the area.

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