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.”

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.

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