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Rain makes tough driving in SCV

Slick streets cause a dozen crashes

Posted: January 23, 2009 8:42 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Rain-soaked streets in and around Santa Clarita Valley contributed to almost an accident an hour Friday.

"We've had at least 10 accidents in the last 12 hours," said Lt. Robert Lewis of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

"The rains have caused people here to have accidents all day," he said. "They should remember to slow down because the roads are slippery. We'll have a few more fender-benders, I'm sure."

One person suffered some undisclosed injury in a two-vehicle collision on Valencia Boulevard at Rockwell Canyon Road, by the College of the Canyons campus.

The collision occurred at about 4:50 p.m. Friday prompting sheriff's deputies, paramedics and two firetrucks to respond to the busy intersection.

There were no report of serious injury in any of the other accidents throughout the day, according to Lt. Lewis. Rain impacted local highways the same way, with a handful of accidents reported by the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Sgt. Diana Johnson echoed the advice of sheriff's deputies. "It's important that people slow down and provide a greater distance between cars because this weather requires a greater stopping distance," she said.

Three of the traffic collisions happened at about 5 p.m. One collision occurred on the southbound I-5 near Calgrove Boulevard, involving two cars at about 5:30 p.m. One car ended up in the center median while the other ended up on the right shoulder.

Two other vehicles collided on southbound I-5 at San Fernando Boulevard at about the same time. A third collision occurred in the northbound lanes of I-5 near Roxford Street.

There were no reports of people injured.

Santa Clarita Valley experienced several spotty showers Friday, with chances for more precipitation extending through Wednesday.

Rain is expected to continue through this morning.

The showers will taper off by tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday's high was 59 degrees with a 9-mph south wind with a low of 50 degrees Friday night.

Weather service forecasts call for cloudy skies today with a 50 percent chance of showers. Today's high is expected to be 60 degrees, and with lows in the upper 40s.

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