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Six-car pileup shuts down Highway 126

Traffic backed up almost two miles

Posted: July 18, 2008 1:15 a.m.
Updated: September 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Two people were injured in the six-car pileup on Highway 126 Thursday.

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Two people were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a Lexus RX300 cut across eastbound lanes of Highway 126, causing a six-vehicle pileup that backed up traffic for nearly an hour.

The Lexus sport utility vehicle was traveling west on Highway 126 around 3:35 p.m. when the driver inexplicably lost control, crossed over the center median and cut across eastbound lanes, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

As the Lexus cut across eastbound lanes, it crashed into three vehicles before slamming into a 10-foot embankment along the right shoulder.

Two other vehicles were reportedly involved, though they were not significantly damaged.

There were no fatalities and none of the injuries were life-threatening, according to Chief Michael Singer of Battalion 6 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A Sigalert was issued shortly before 3 p.m. All lanes were re-opened shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Crews from two fire stations responded to the collision, assisting CHP officers with the cleanup as eastbound traffic, which was backed up for nearly two miles along Highway 126, was diverted to Henry Mayo Drive at Commerce Center Drive.

Westbound lanes remained open during the investigation and cleanup.

A silver Mercedes-Benz suffered the brunt of the damages, as it ended up in the center median approximately 1,000 feet away from the Lexus. Both front airbags of the Mercedes-Benz were deployed, its windshield was severely cracked and the driver’s side door was smashed.

The other vehicles involved had significant damages to doors, front fenders, hoods, headlights and wheels.

While four vehicles were taken away by flatbed tow trucks, two other vehicles were also involved. However, both of those vehicles suffered minor damages.

Eastbound traffic on Highway 126 was shut down for nearly one hour as officers and fire crews attended to injuries and cleaned up vehicle debris.

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