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UPDATE: 4th collision within month on Highway 14

Updates with freeway reopened

Posted: July 27, 2012 6:17 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2012 7:52 p.m.


A two-car collision shut down southbound rush-hour commuter traffic on Highway 14 for nearly an hour Friday afternoon at Escondido Canyon Road, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Minor injuries were reported after a black Honda Civic spun out and hit the center divider at Escondido Canyon Road — scene of several recent collisions and a serious 19-car pileup last month.

At 5:10 p.m., a red Toyota Corolla reportedly collided with the Honda, resulting in both cars stopped in the carpool lane facing the wrong way, the CHP reported.

At 5:11 p.m., paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the crash, a spokeswoman for the department said. She didn’t have details on the extent of injuries.

The CHP received calls from at least one motorist concerned about “dangerous” conditions posed by the two cars blocking the carpool lane with no traffic cones or warning for southbound motorists approaching the bend in the road at Escondido.

The entire southbound freeway was shut down before 5:30 p.m. It was reopened after 6 p.m.

At least four collisions have occurred on the same stretch of freeway within the past month.

On Wednesday, three vehicles hit bales of hay that fell from the back of a truck at the same bend in the highway.
The freeway lanes were called “dangerous” on June 26 by one fire official responding to a 19-car pileup that sent 15 people to the hospital that day.

Five days after the pileup, the CHP responded to two other collisions on the freeway at Escondido Canyon Road.







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