6 die in wrong-way crash on SoCal freeway

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DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed for a crash early Sunday that killed six people and left the driver in critical condition, authorities said.


Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times

Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, was heading east on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a.m. when her red 2013 Chevrolet Camaro and a red Ford Explorer collided head on, authorities said. Witnesses said the Camaro was traveling more than 100 miles an hour.

At least three women and a man were ejected from their vehicles, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Rodrigo Jimenez.

Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others died at UC Irvine Medical Center, he said. All but one of the victims were women.

After the impact, the Explorer collided with a third vehicle, a Ford Freestyle driven by Joel Cortez, 57, of La Puente. Cortez suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Culbreath is in serious but stable condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with a broken femur and a ruptured bladder, Jimenez said. She has been arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony manslaughter.

Two women who were passengers in Culbreath’s car died at the scene: a 24-year-old woman from Chino and a 24-year-old woman from Rialto, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. A 47-year-old man, who is believed to have been a passenger in the Explorer and was ejected from the vehicle, also died at the scene.

The names of those killed have not been released pending notification of family members, Corral said.

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