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Wires down stall traffic on Highway 14 freeway

Posted: November 20, 2012 11:16 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:16 a.m.

A California Highway Patrol officer watches as the northbound lanes of Highway 14 are reopened south of Newhall Avenue on Tuesday morning. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)

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Wires fell across a portion of the Highway 14 freeway near Newhall Avenue this morning, resulting in at least three traffic collisions and forcing officials to divert traffic, according to CHP reports.

About 10:15 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers received reports of a traffic collision, a blown transformer, a downed utility pole and wires on the freeway.

Collapsing wires were sent across at least two lanes of the freeway just south of Newhall Avenue, a CHP spokesman said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Before CHP officers began diverting traffic, motorists were reportedly driving over the downed wires.

At 10:17 a.m. a pole fell, hitting two vehicles, according to early CHP reports.

One of the wires hit a red Chevy Cobalt traveling southbound on the freeway.

“At 10:17 we were dispatched for power lines across lanes of the northbound 14, north of the (Interstate) 5,” said Inspector Tony Imbrenda of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“Apparently, it was the result of a traffic collision,” he said.

Wires were removed from the freeway shortly before 11 a.m.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies were called in for traffic control at about the same time.

Although the wires were removed from Highway 14, morning commuters found themselves in a “dead stop” jam, a witness said.

“People were driving the wrong way down the on-ramp,” said the witness, who was traveling north on the freeway.
“It was a dead stop from the 5 to the 14,” she said.

CHP received several reports of motorists going “the wrong way” off the freeway.




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