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Heavy rains flood Southland freeways

Posted: November 20, 2010 9:01 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Heavy rains contributed to a freeway crash near Magic Mountain Parkway on Saturday that sent four people to hospital with minor injuries.

At about 11:15 a.m., a silver-colored Chevy Equinox SUV northbound on Interstate 5 lost control in the fast lane, just south of the Magic Mountain turnoff.

“The vehicle spun out and stopped in the fast lane,” said Officer Enrique Ramos of the California Highway Patrol.
“The car behind it was able to stop, but the third car was not able to stop due to the weather,” he added.

The third vehicle, a black Kia Sorento car, crashed into the second vehicle, a gray Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV, which collided with the Equinox, he said.

The three-car pileup blocked traffic in all lanes for about 10 minutes.

Four people, all occupants of the vehicles involved, were taken by ambulance to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

At about 11:36 a.m., CHP officers shut down two lanes of the freeway and re-opened them at about 20 minutes later once the damaged  vehicles were removed.

At about the same time, rain flooded the lower reaches of northbound truck lanes on the I-5 and Highway 14.

Approximately two-feet of water flooded the truck lanes but no accidents were reported, Ramos said.

The rain also sent rocks and mud onto roadways in Agua Dulce on Briggs Road and Agua Dulce Canyon Road.

No collisions were reported there despite safety concerns.


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