MALIBU – Two people were killed today and a third — a Los Angeles County firefighter — was injured in a fiery collision involving a gravel- hauling big rig and two other vehicles in Malibu, authorities said. The crash occurred about 10 a.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and Kanan Dume Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez. The two victims died at the scene, Nunez said. Their names were not immediately released. According to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks, the big rig driver was traveling illegally on Kanan Dume Road, which is off-limits to truck traffic. He noted that many truck drivers have been using Kanan Dume in the past several days because Malibu Canyon Road, the normal truck route, has been closed because of the brush fire in the area. According to Brooks, the truck driver was traveling at about 70 mph and could not stop as he traveled downhill on Kanan Dume, then ran through the red light at Pacific Coast Highway, slamming into two vehicles. The driver of the first car, a Mercedes, was killed on impact, Brooks said. Brooks said the driver likely panicked or could not read the signs in English.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. The truck also hit a vehicle being driven by a county firefighter on his way to work. The firefighter, who suffered a broken ankle, was trapped in his vehicle, but another driver pulled him from the vehicle before it broke into flames, Brooks said. After hitting the two vehicles, the truck smashed into an embankment, sending gravel flying into the air and killing the driver, according to Brooks. Chris Freeman of the county Fire Department said the injured firefighter was taken to UCLA Medical Center. Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao said the firefighter was on his way to work when the accident occurred. That stretch of PCH was closed for about six hours, as was Kanan Dume Road from PCH to Mulholland Highway. Brooks said the collision occurred at the bottom of an 8-mile-long, 8 percent grade. He said there have been two similar fatal collisions involving trucks at the same location over the past decade, and like today’s crash, the drivers involved did not use a runaway truck lane at the site.
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(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena.The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LATEST STORIES The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then visit Golden State for the first time since the Western Conference finals, having recovered from a rough start thanks to Harden’s torrid stretch.He has scored 40 points in three straight games and 35 or more in seven straight, the longest streak since LeBron James did it in nine in a row in 2006. The NBA scoring leader’s quest to repeat as MVP is clearly on track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionAnd after a poor start, so are the Rockets (20-15). They have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games overall, and are 8-0 at home in December after dropping their first four games at the Toyota Center.Just like Game 6 of the West finals, when they blew a double-digit lead, they will play at Golden State for Thursday’s nationally televised game without Chris Paul because of a hamstring injury. But instead of what had been a shaky season getting worse, the Rockets have surged in his absence because of Harden. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Deandre Ayton will finish his strong December by testing himself against the NBA champions. Then he opens January against a different kind of test — perhaps the toughest in the league at his position.The rookie center squares off for the second time against Joel Embiid on Wednesday when the Phoenix Suns host the Philadelphia 76ers.Luka Doncic might already have too much hype and highlights to be caught in the Rookie of the Year race, but Ayton’s strong play certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. The No. 1 pick scored a season-high 33 points on 16-of-20 shooting and added 14 rebounds Saturday in a 122-118 loss to Denver, after he came into the game averaging 16 points and nearly 12 boards for the month.“You can feel game-to-game he is getting better,” coach Igor Kokoskov said last week. “He is working on his game. He is a very dedicated player. It was just a matter of time.”That improvement has helped the Suns go 5-4 in their last nine games — one more victory than they had during a brutal 4-24 start.After facing Golden State on Monday, it’s on to his second matchup with Embiid, one of the league’s biggest talkers who was already chirping about Ayton even before he’d played his first game. After the former Arizona star was compared to him in June, Embiid wrote on Twitter: “Don’t compare Ayton to me either. I play DEFENSE.” He then told ESPN in a preseason interview that Ayton was “about to get his (butt) kicked.”Embiid had 33 points to Ayton’s 17 in the 76ers’ victory in Philadelphia in November.___ “Somebody said the other day that we can only win if he scores 40. OK, that’s kind of a bad thing, but the good thing is he can score 40 every night, so we’re OK with that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.“Tell him to keep going.”NEW YEAR, OLD HOMEKawhi Leonard’s first trip of the new year is to his old home.The Toronto Raptors visit San Antonio on Thursday for what became one of the most anticipated games of this NBA season this summer when the Spurs gave Leonard the exit he had been seeking, trading him to the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP when the Spurs won their last championship in 2014 and had become one of the league’s most complete players by last season. But he was limited to nine games because of a quadriceps injury and his relationship with the organization became strained.The Spurs dealt him along with mainstay Danny Green to Toronto, getting All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan back.Leonard led Toronto to the best record in the league for most of the season and the two-time Defensive Player of the Year’s absence has shown on the Spurs’ defense, long one of the league’s best but well back in the rankings now.While the game Thursday is the most newsworthy, it’s not the most important of the week for Toronto. The Raptors follow it Saturday by visiting the Milwaukee Bucks, who have inched ahead of them for the NBA’s best record and have won both meetings this season.OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK:Orlando at Charlotte, Monday. Magic coach Steve Clifford returns to face the team he coached for five seasons.Oklahoma City at Lakers, Wednesday. Chance for Californians Russell Westbrook and Paul George to put on a show for the fans back home.Atlanta at Milwaukee, Friday. Mike Budenholzer’s move from Atlanta to Milwaukee couldn’t look much better.Dallas at Philadelphia, Saturday. The reigning Rookie of the Year (Ben Simmons) against the player (Luka Doncic) who could succeed him.AYTON IN ACTION Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ