1 dead, 6 hospitalized in Southern California highway crash

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One person was killed and six others, including two children. were hospitalized after a crash Thursday morning on a Southern California highway, authorities said.

Witnesses said the crash happened when a Toyota Sienna minivan cut off a truck in southbound lanes of Interstate 215 in Riverside around 7 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The truck spun out and the Toyota struck a guardrail, said Officer Juan Quintero, a highway patrol spokesman.

All seven victims were in the same vehicle, Riverside Fire Department Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst told the Press-Enterprise. Some had to be cut out of the vehicle.

Quintero said that among the injured, two children had what were described as minor to moderate injuries. The conditions of the others weren’t immediately known.

Lorena Negrete, 34, of Ontario, died at the scene, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office said.

The freeway was closed in the area until just after 11 a.m., the newspaper reported.

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