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Storm plays fatal role in crash

Weather: Six-car collision on northbound side Interstate 5 kills 1, injures 3

Posted: February 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

California Highway Patrol officers respond to a six-car collision on northbound Interstate 5 south of Magic Mountain Parkway on Friday night. As expected, a storm moving southbound from Seattle dumped an inch of rain in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the National Weather Service observation station in the Newhall Pass.

Rain drenched roads are partly to blame for the highway death of an elderly man Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol investigating a multivehicle pile-up.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner identified the deceased man as Jose Chavez Nava, 79, of Salinas.

At about 9:15 p.m. Friday, a 2004 Nissan Titan pickup truck traveling northbound on Interstate-5 struck the guard rail, just south of Magic Mountain Parkway.

Immediately following this collision, a 2010 Honda CR-V came to a stop in the center divider, just north of the Nissan.

As a result, a third vehicle identified by the CHP as a 1998 Ford Contour also came to a stop, behind the Honda.

“A 2006 Honda Civic lost control, due to the wet, rainy conditions and struck the center divider guard rail then struck the rear of the Ford Contour with the right side of the Civic,” said the investigating CHP officer in his report.

“As a result of the impact, the right rear passenger of the Honda Civic sustained fatal injuries.”

The CHP officer noted in his report that all the passengers in the rear of the Civic were not wearing seat belts.

A passenger in the front of the car, identified as a 74-year-old female was wearing a seat belt.

She and two passengers in the backseat — a 49-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy — were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

They were all identified as residents of Bakersfield.

Rains, off and on, throughout the weekend were expected to taper off by Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Temperatures for the beginning of the work week are expected to hover around 60 during days with a forecast calling for mainly sunny days with periods of cloud.


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