SANTA MONICA — Two trucks and a minivan collided in a freeway tunnel Friday, killing a child, injuring seven other people and snarling traffic for six hours on a major Southern California coastal route, authorities said.
A big rig flatbed truck, a dump truck hauling a trailer and a minivan were involved in the crash about 12:30 p.m. in the McClure Tunnel on Interstate 10, which links the freeway to the Pacific Coast Highway west of Los Angeles.
A youngster in the minivan was killed, and another child was critically injured, Santa Monica Deputy Fire Chief Tom Clemo said.
Their names were not immediately released.
Five other people in the van and one of the truck drivers suffered moderate injuries, he said.
There was no fire, but traffic was disrupted for miles and the wreckage remained, clogging the tunnel in the middle of the evening rush hour. Drivers detoured onto Santa Monica city streets.
“Trafficwise, it’s a complete mess in the city,” Clemo said.
Westbound lanes of the tunnel were closed until about 6:30 p.m., when the wreckage was finally hauled away.
The California Highway Patrol was investigating the crash.