Fiery fatal crash closed 60 Freeway

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60 freeway fatal crash

Wreckage lies on both sides of the center divider after an eight-vehicle crash in which a milk tanker overturned on the 60 Freeway near South El Monte, injuring seven people and completely closing the freeway. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

LOS ANGELES — A 5-year-old girl died and 13 others were hospitalized in a fiery crash that blocked all lanes of Multiple people were injured and all lanes on the 60 Freeway near South El Monte Thursday morning.

60 freeway fatal crash

Wreckage lies on both sides of the center divider after an eight-vehicle crash in which a milk tanker overturned on the 60 Freeway near South El Monte, injuring seven people and completely closing the freeway. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The crash, involving a milk tanker at least seven other vehicles, happened around 5:45 a.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway near the Santa Anita off-ramp, KTLA reported.

Five people were critically injured and two sustained minor injuries, according to the L.A. County Fire Department.

As of 8:14 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said it didn’t expect the freeway to begin reopening for at least two hours. The closure jammed the morning commute for miles.

At least two vehicles became engulfed in flames and a big rig carrying milk overturned, aerial video showed.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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