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UPDATE: Rain falls, cars collide in SCV

No serious injuries reported in various collisions

Posted: December 3, 2012 10:45 a.m.
Updated: December 3, 2012 5:18 p.m.

 On the heels of a rainy weekend, more than half a dozen traffic collisions in and around the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday morning kept local deputies and California Highway Patrol officers busy, officials said.

Sporadic rainfall throughout the valley contributed to the situation, they said.

Although a couple of the crashes resulted in injuries, no one was seriously hurt, said Sgt. Rich Nagler of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“We had a lot of crashes,” he said, citing one in Canyon Country and one in Valencia.

The same trend was witnessed across the county.

CHP officers responded to 106 collisions between midnight Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, a spokeswoman said. By comparison, collisions for the same time period last week registered just 36.

“We need to change our driving habits when it rains,” said CHP Officer Vince Ramirez of the patrol’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

“We cannot drive the same way we drive when it’s dry,” he said.

About 9:30 a.m. Monday, three cars collided on Newhall Ranch Road near the northbound Interstate 5 onramp, Nagler said.

The crash resulted in two of the cars blocking lanes and one stuck on the center divider, according to both sheriff’s deputies and the CHP.

Some injuries were reported in the collision, but the exact number wasn’t clear.

About a half hour later, a car crashed into a utility pole on Soledad Canyon Road near Solamint Road. No other vehicles were involved.

CHP officers responded to at least three other collisions on local highways, including two separate crashes on Bouquet Canyon Road near Texas Canyon Road. There were no reports of injuries.

Shortly after 10:10 a.m., two vehicles — a black Cadillac and a tan-colored Toyota minivan — collided in Castaic on the Interstate 5 onramp at Lake Hughes Road near The Old Road.

Drivers will catch a break for the rest of the week — the rain that’s been falling since Friday on the Santa Clarita Valley is expected to give way to clearing skies Tuesday, said meteorologist Joe Sirard of the National Weather Service office in Oxnard.

“It’ll be sunny by tomorrow afternoon,” he said Monday.


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