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I-5 accident injures nine

Interstate re-opened

Posted: December 31, 2008 2:33 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 3:01 p.m.

Vehicles shattered after a high-impact crash at Bouquet Canyon Road and Wellston Drive Wednesday.

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A tractor trailer and at least five cars were involved in the traffic collision at about 2 p.m. today that sent nine to the hospital and forced closure of all five northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Highway 138 for more than two hours Wednesday, said Judy Gish, Caltrans public information officer.

An L.A. County Fire helicopter transported three critically injured victims to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, he said.

Six more victims were taken by ambulance to hospitals in Kern County, Harrelson said.

CHP officers closed all five lanes of the northbound Interstate 5 at the State Route 138 interchange at 1 p.m. and reopened them at 3:45 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez.

CHP escorted cars through the Grapevine due to heavy fog, he said. It is unclear whether fog was a factor in the accident, he said.

Boquet Canyon Road collision
One person was critically injiured in an unrelated traffic collision at the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Wellston Drive in Saugus, said Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
Two vehicles were involved in the crash and the responders airlifted the victim, he said.

The collision drew emergency responders from Los Angeles County, said Inspector Ron Harrelson, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.



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