Two motorists died in Malibu on Wednesday when the driver of a big rig lost control of his truck, barreled down a steep canyon road, crossed an intersection and plowed into two cars, authorities said.
The accident occurred about 10 a.m. when the driver of a gravel truck made an illegal detour onto Kanan Dume Road, a steep canyon pass that is off-limits to heavy trucks, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The driver had apparently taken the route after authorities closed another nearby road because of wildfire activity.
The driver lost control of his truck on the 8% grade, gained speed, ran a red light and plowed into the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway.
The truck slammed into a Mercedes-Benz, killing its driver instantly, then struck a sport utility vehicle. The truck then plowed into an embankment, killing the driver.