A woman died after a wheel and tire that had come loose from a pickup truck smashed the windshield of her car on the 405 Freeway in Long Beach Sunday, Sept. 29.
The California Highway Patrol said Judi Yourman, 61, was driving a 2019 BMW X3 in the northbound lanes around 1 p.m. Sunday near Wardlow Road when a tire from a Dodge Ram in the southbound lanes came off.
A Dodge Ram pickup truck was in the No. 4 lane of the southbound freeway when it lost the rear left wheel/tire, according to a CHP statement.
“The wheel/tire traveled … across all southbound lanes before colliding with the center median and getting ejected to the northbound lanes into oncoming traffic. The wheel/tire collided with the driver side compartment of Yourman’s BMW. This impact crushed the driver side compartment where Yourman was positioned, causing Yourman to suffer fatal injuries.”
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Firefighters had to use Jaws of Life to remove the victims.
Yourman died at the scene.
A man in the passenger seat of Yourman’s vehicle was injured and hospitalized.
A man riding in the BMW was taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries.
The incident is being investigated.