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3 crashes but no injuries as Santa Clarita Valley weathers first real winter storm of season

Heavy rain forecast tonight and Friday, with showers continuing into Sunday

Posted: February 27, 2014 10:08 a.m.
Updated: February 27, 2014 10:08 a.m.

Emergency crews responded to at least three traffic collisions in the Santa Clarita Valley this morning. But despite rain and slick roads, they reported no injuries.

“I have not heard of any injuries this morning,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Pack said this morning.

“For the amount of rain we got, we did fairly well,” he said.

Rain heavy at times began Wednesday night in the Santa Clarita Valley. National Weather Service recording stations reported 1.03 inches of rain in the Newhall Pass but less than a half inch in Saugus.

Shortly before 4:30 a.m. Thursday, CHP officers were dispatched to the southbound lanes of Highway 14 for reports of a car that spun out near Placerita Canyon Road.

They found a sedan facing the wrong way in the freeway’s right-most lane. No one was hurt in the incident.

While emergency crews were dealing with the solo crash, they received word of another crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Magic Mountain Parkway.

Shortly before 5 a.m., a car and a big rig loaded with garbage collided, sending the truck down a shallow embankment, flipping on its side and spilling its load of trash, Pack said.

No injuries were reported, but CHP officers said trash was spread over a wide area.

They closed the interstate’s Magic Mountain off-ramp for at least two hours while efforts were made to removed the two vehicles.

A Sigalert was posted near the crash site and at least one lane closed on the freeway. At 6:40 a.m., CHP officers reported early morning commuter traffic backing up.

“We’re just wrapping up that crash now,” Pack said at 8:45 a.m. today, noting all lanes were by then open to traffic.

CHP officers responded to a third crash shortly after 8:10 a.m. on San Francisquito Canyon Road near on of the power plants. Early reports indicated a single vehicle went over the side of an embankment and down 200 feet.

But Fire Department Inspector Keith Mora said paramedics were not dispatched to the scene. “I’ve heard of no injuries this morning,” Mora said.

By this morning many residents awoke to sunny skies. But a bigger storm is due to move into the Santa Clarita Valley tonight and continue through Saturday, with a 100 percent chance of heavy rain tonight and Friday, a 100 percent chance of showers Saturday and a 40 percent chance of showers Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
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