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3 injured, 1 arrested in 3 crashes

Posted: June 20, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 20, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Three people were taken to a hospital and at least one man was arrested Tuesday in three separate car crashes on Santa Clarita Valley streets.

Deputies investigating a report of a possible hit-and-run collision in Canyon Country arrested a man just after 1 p.m. near Lyons Avenue in Newhall, Sheriff’s Department Lt. Tom Bryski said.

The man was allegedly involved in a three-car noontime collision on Soledad Canyon Road, Bryski said.

“It look like it could be a hit-and-run, but we’re still investigating it,” Bryski said.

One motorist involved in the collision at Soledad Canyon Road west of Ruether Avenue was taken to a hospital and may have suffered a heart attack, another sheriff’s official said. Three vehicles were involved in the collision, but there were no reports of other injuries, a Fire Department official said.

Also in Canyon Country, a silver Dodge Durango overturned in the slow lane on the southbound side of Highway 14 just north of Soledad Canyon Road in an unrelated noon crash.

The vehicle came to rest on its left side facing the wrong way on the side of the freeway, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Earlier on Tuesday, two people were taken to a hospital after a silver Ford Focus and a green Honda Accord collided just

before 9:40 a.m. on Placerita Canyon Road,near Delden Road, about a half-mile east of Highway 14.

“It was a head-on collision, but not a direct one,” a sheriff’s official said at the scene of the crash. “Airbags in both vehicles deployed.”

Both the Ford and Honda sustained major damage to front and drivers’ sides, and the Ford was missing its left-front tire when it was loaded onto a flatbed truck about 10:30 p.m.

The crash scattered pieces of both vehicles across the two-lane road and led to the temporary closure of part of the eastbound lane of Placerita Canyon Road but both lanes had reopened open by 10:40 a.m.

Initial crash reports said one person was trapped in one of the vehicles involved in that crash, a Fire Department official said.


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