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2 more collisions this week on 14 near Escondido Canyon Road

Site of crashes Sunday were near last week’s 19-car pileup

Posted: July 2, 2012 3:29 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2012 3:29 p.m.


Investigators with the California Highway Patrol are looking into two separate collisions that happened Sunday afternoon at the same spot where a 19-car pileup occurred five days earlier.

The unrelated collisions Sunday happened less than two hours apart, one in the southbound lanes, the other northbound, both just south of Escondido Canyon Road.

The first crash occurred about 3:20 p.m., when two cars traveling in the southbound lanes of Highway 14 collided.
No one was reported to be injured in the crash, CHP Officer J.C. Lesnet said.

One of the cars, identified as a green Ford Focus, had flipped onto its roof on the right shoulder of the highway.

The other car ended up in the center median.

Two lanes were closed to traffic for about an hour.

The second crash occurred at 5 p.m., when a car in the northbound lanes struck a second vehicle and took off, Lesnet said.

“We’re treating this one as a hit and run,” he said. “The suspect vehicle is unknown make and model.”
No injuries were reported.

On June 26, a 19-car pileup on southbound Highway 14, also just south of Escondido Canyon Road, injured 18 people after a big rig barreled into several cars halted during a traffic stop to remove debris in the roadway, officials said at the time.

No one was seriously injured, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Frank McCarthy. Of the 18 injuries, three individuals were treated at the scene and not transported to a hospital, he said.

McCarthy called the freeway near Escondido Canyon Road ”a dangerous stretch of road.”

The pileup is still under investigation by the CHP.




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