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UPDATE: 5-car collision slows traffic in Santa Clarita Valley

Adds preliminary cause of crash

Posted: April 27, 2012 3:10 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2012 5:28 p.m.


A motorist apparently swerving across Interstate 5 freeway lanes to catch an off-ramp touched off a five-car collision Friday that left one man injured and backed up southbound traffic for more than an hour.

“It looks like he was trying to make an illegal exit and may have hit someone trying to get to the ramp,” a California Highway Patrol media officer said of the driver of a black Ford Escort who touched off the collision.

The collision occurred just after 1 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-5 near the Foothill 210 Freeway and caused a major traffic snarl that backed up traffic to north of Lyons Avenue in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Traffic congestion worsened when officers closed all but the No. 1 lane on the southbound side of I-5 near the crash site to allow room for accident investigators and medical technicians to respond.

All lanes were opened and southbound traffic was flowing smoothly by 2:45 p.m., said CHP officer J.C. Lesnet said of the Newhall station.

One man in the crash was taken to a hospital, and medical technicians examined one infant at the scene for injuries, a CHP report said.

A clean-up crew was dispatched to clear oil from the road and at least of four flatbed trucks were needed to remove the vehicles from the roadway, the report said.

At least one of those trucks was held up in traffic while responding, according to the report.

“The cause of the incident is still under investigation, and we don’t know yet exactly who is responsible for the crash,” the media officer said.




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