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Fiery, Fatal Crash Shuts Down The Gerald Desmond Bridge In Long Beach
A possible police chase ended in a fiery, fatal crash that's left the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach shut down this morning. The crash occurred at about 7:12 a.m. this morning when a driver got on the bridge headed the wrong way and hit two cars, KTLA reports. One man was killed at the scene and four people were injured, including a police officer who was trying to get one of the victims out of a truck that had caught on fire. Early reports indicate the crash may have been part of a police pursuit, and that a second person may have been killed, according to the Press Telegram.
The bridge is still closed in both directions, and police are warning drivers to stay away from the scene, tweeting that it will be closed for “an extended period.”
Update, 3:30 p.m.: The bridge has reopened in both directions, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Authorities have confirmed that the man who was killed was the driver of the pickup truck that the police officer was attempting to save, the Press Telegram reports. The wrong-way driver was in a Mercedes.