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Semi-Truck Driver Unhooks Trailer, Flees Scene After Killing One In Hit-And-Run

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A semi-truck driver who killed one and severely injured another in a gruesome early-morning crash unhooked his truck's cab from the trailer and fled the scene.

This all happened at around 3 a.m. in Vernon, according to KCBS. Apparently, the truck driver had just been involved in another accident close to the intersection of East 37th Street and Soto Avenue. The truck driver didn't stop at the first collision site, but the other involved driver began to follow the truck.

Continuing along 37th Street, the truck driver ran a red light at Santa Fe Avenue. Blasting into the intersection, the semi-truck rolled directly into the path of a Chevrolet pickup truck carrying two occupants. The pickup crashed into the semi, and became wedged underneath the semi's trailer.

Police say the truck driver attempted to drive again, but stopped quickly after hearing the sound of the mangled Chevrolet beneath his trailer. Then, from inside the cab, the truck driver disconnected the truck's tractor from its trailer, and fled the scene.

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One of the people inside the crushed pickup truck was killed at the scene, the other was transported to County Hospital in critical condition, according to KNBC.

There is no public information on the suspect, though the KNBC reporter tweeted that Vernon police say he is a white male, likely driving cab without a trailer.