3 killed in Southern California freeway crashes

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A head-on crash and a big-rig accident have killed three people and shut down parts of major Southern California freeways.

The California Highway Patrol says one person died around 1:15 a.m. Friday on Interstate 10 in Santa Monica area after a speeding wrong-way driver slammed into a westbound car.

Friends tried to pull a man from the second car but he died when it was rammed by a third car and caught fire.

The wrong-way driver was cut free. He and the driver of the third car were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Two hours later, a man and a woman died in Hawthorne.

Authorities say their disabled car was on an Interstate 405 off-ramp when a big-rig smashed into it and overturned. The trucker was injured.

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