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UPDATE: Debris tumbled from vehicles causes 2 freeway collisions

Posted: October 15, 2012 11:33 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2012 5:56 p.m.

A shovel and a tire that fell off trucks in separate incidents Monday on Santa Clarita Valley freeways caused collisions involving at least 12 vehicles, California Highway Patrol officers said.

No one was believed injured in either crash, but CHP officers were still dealing with the consequences of the collisions hours after the incidents occurred, said Sgt. Matthew Hill.

In the first incident of debris on the freeway, a shovel fell off the back of a truck shortly after 8 a.m. on the northbound Interstate 5 near Highway 14, a CHP report said.

At least eight vehicles collided after the shovel hit one of them, including a blue Ford hatchback, a black Jeep SUV, a black Honda CRV and a red sedan, according to the CHP report. The Honda sustained major front-end damage.

About an hour later, a big rig traveling in the northbound lanes of Highway 14 lost a tire at Golden Valley Road that led to a four-vehicle collision involving a silver Toyota Camry, a Blue Volvo and a black Toyota Camry, CHP reported.

Although there was no report of injury in either incident, CHP officers were still dealing with the collisions two hours later, Hill said.

“Every motorist has the responsibility of making sure the load they’re carrying is safe and secure,” Hill said Monday.

“There are very inherent dangers with debris on the roadway.”





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