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Returning Thanksgiving travelers jam roads

Three cars crash near I-5, close lanes on Lyons Avenue

Posted: November 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Some motorists trying to make their way home from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend encountered a three-car crash on Lyons Avenue near the Interstate 5 off-ramp Sunday night. No one was hurt.

 

Heavy “holiday traffic” proved light on traffic collisions, said one California Highway Patrol Sunday.

North and southbound lanes of Interstate 5 looked like solid ribbons of red light and white light from the overpass on Lyons Avenue Sunday night as thousands of motorists made their way in and out of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Traffic was reduced to a crawl at 5 p.m. Sunday, prompting several motorists to take alternate routes such as The Old Road which, in turn, saw bumper-to-bumper traffic.

“It’s all heavy holiday traffic,” said CHP Sgt. Kevin Pack of the Newhall Station.

“Today was fairly quiet in terms of traffic collisions but very very busy.”

The journey home was complicated for some motorists when a three-car crash occurred on Lyons Avenue just east of the Lyons off ramp from the northbound lanes of the freeway.

“No one was injured,” said a deputy of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station taking notes from three motorists seated on the center median as tow trucks began removing the wrecked cars.

Cars involved in the multi-vehicle fender bender included a white Mazada, a silver BMW and a white Prius hybrid vehicle.

Deputies reduced eastbound traffic on Lyons to one lane as deputies took measurements amid the broken glass and displaced bumpers.

Traffic officers for both the local sheriff’s station and the CHP were busy with traffic calls throughout the day Sunday but — none of them resulting in serious injury.

Early in the day, a car fire reduced Sunday morning traffic to a crawl on Interstate 405 near Rinaldi Street, fire officials confirmed.

No one was injured in the incident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

About 9 a.m., a Toyota pickup truck caught on fire on the right shoulder of northbound lanes of the freeway, CHP reported.

CHP officers closed two lanes for 40 minutes while firefighters Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters put out the fire.

All lanes were opened by 9:40 a.m.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

 

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