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Motorist injured in Highway 14 crash on 'dangerous' stretch by Escondido Canyon Road

Posted: August 22, 2012 6:33 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2012 6:33 p.m.

A motorist suffered minor head injuries Wednesday when his car rolled several times on Highway 14 at the same “dangerous” bend where a 19-car pileup occurred in June.

A man traveling south on Highway 14 lost control of his Volkswagon “bug” at 1 p.m. when his left rear tire blew out at Escondido Canyon Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer J. Figueroa.

“It was at the exact same spot as the pileup,” he said.

“The guy was coming down the 14 when he loses a tire on the left rear side,” Figueroa said. “He tried to slow down but he spun out and went sideways.

“He hit the curb and he doesn’t remember how many times he rolled the car.”

Figueroa found the car on its roof, leaking gasoline, on the right shoulder, he said.

Some southbound motorists traveling behind the bug pulled over to help its driver.

The leaking fuel was contained and did not require the hazardous material unit of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said Inspector Quvondo Johnson.

Paramedics were dispatched to the crash at 1:06 p.m., Johnson said.

The injured motorist was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Palmdale.

“That is a very dangerous, dangerous corner there,” Figueroa said, describing the crash location.

On June 26, a 19-car pileup on southbound Highway 14 near Acton 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.

Although no one was seriously injured, 15 were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, Antelope Valley Hospital or Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.




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