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6 hurt in pileup on 91 Freeway

July 03, 2009|Ruben Vives

Six people were injured, one critically, in a five-car collision Thursday on the eastbound 91 Freeway in Long Beach.

Firefighters responded to a report of an injury accident and a vehicle on fire shortly before 5 a.m. on the freeway at Paramount Boulevard, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jackawa Jackson wrote on the agency's blog. "There were five vehicles involved in the collision," Jackson wrote.

One car was on fire when firefighters arrived, but the driver managed to climb out before it was engulfed in flames. About a dozen firefighters spent 10 minutes trying to extricate a passenger from one of the wrecked cars.

Five people suffered moderate to minor injuries, and one was critically injured. All but two were treated at nearby hospitals. The cause of the crash was under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

-- Ruben Vives

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