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Weather: Wet conditions contribute to two fatal crashes this weekend

Posted: February 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Three men reach for a flying disc in a game of Ultimate Frisbee at Central Park on Sunday as clouds float through the air. A weekend storm dropped as much as 1.33 inches of rain on parts of the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

Low temperatures and partly cloudy skies are expected the rest of this week following a milder-than-expected weekend storm that partly contributed to the deaths of two men in separate traffic crashes.

One man died and three were injured after being struck by a vehicle on the northbound Interstate 5 south of Vista del Lago on Sunday morning, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

“Speed for the conditions was probably the main factor,” Ferber said.

A Nissan pickup truck driven by a 60-year old man, of Los Angeles, hit the guardrail on the right side of the road at about 6:25 a.m. and stopped, said Sgt. Jeff Ferber.

To assist the disabled Nissan, the driver of a Ford pickup truck stopped his vehicle in front of the Nissan.

While both men were outside their vehicles, a Honda sedan driven by struck the men and the Nissan pickup, which then struck the Ford.

The 60-year-old died, and two injured persons were transported to the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital while another was brought to Providence Holy Cross Hospital.

Jose Chavez Nava, 79, of Salinas, died Friday night in a rainy six-car collision that also injured three on the northbound I-5, just south of Magic Mountain Parkway.

California Highway Patrol cars escorted traffic through the Grapevine as snow fell, but the CHP never closed that section of the freeway.

Rainfall was expected to hit three inches or more during the weekend, but the National Weather Service Saugus observation station’s reported 0.61 inch of rainfall while the Newhall Pass station reported 1.33 inches fell.

A National Weather Service forecast said lows will be in the 30s throughout the week with highs mostly in the 50s, but just kissing 60 degrees on occasion. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy, with increasing clouds closing in on next weekend.

Despite the chill Sunday afternoon, residents were out enjoying the sunshine at Summit Park, walking dogs and giving their kids a chance to run around in the children’s play area. Sweatshirts were the attire of the day, but bike riders and the occasional runner were undeterred.


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