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8 hurt in 4-bus domino-effect crash on LA freeway

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and firefighters stand next to a bus carrying Los Angeles County jail inmates as they survey a four-bus crash on the northbound Interstate 5 freeway in Commerce, Calif., Thursday, May 19, 2011. Four buses, three carrying U.S. Army troops and one transporting Los Angeles County jail inmates, collided Thursday on the freeway, critically injuring a soldier and causing seven other minor injuries, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

May 19, 2011 7:04:30 PM PDT
Four buses - three carrying U.S. Army troops and one transporting Los Angeles County jail inmates - collided Thursday on a freeway, critically injuring a soldier and causing seven other minor injuries, authorities said.

The accident shortly before noon shut down northbound Interstate 5 in Commerce, east of downtown Los Angeles.

The crash involved a county bus carrying 25 inmates and three charter buses carrying Army personnel, California Highway Patrol Officer Ming Hsu said.

A car apparently cut off the jail bus and created a "domino effect" in which the other buses rear-ended each other, county fire Inspector Matt Levesque said.

One soldier was taken to a hospital in critical condition while two jail inmates and five military personnel received minor injuries, Levesque said.

The freeway was briefly closed while another sheriff's bus was brought up to remove the inmates.