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UPDATE: At least 4 injured in Highway 14 collision

Posted: April 9, 2013 9:59 p.m.
Updated: April 9, 2013 9:59 p.m.

CHP and fire personnel examine the scene where southbound vehicles collided on Highway 14 near Via Princessa. At least four people, including a child, were injured. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Four people were hurt, including a mother and her 9-year-old son, in a multi-vehicle crash on the southbound Highway 14 freeway near Via Princessa on Tuesday.

It was the most damaging of three crashes in the Santa Clarita Valley on the eastside freeway in a single day.

The crash in the fast lane of Highway 14 occurred around 2 p.m., Fire Department Inspector Quvondo Johnson.

Paramedics who arrived at the crash site reported the collision involved at least three vehicles — including a white Chevrolet, a white Buick and a white Scion — with four people hurt. Two were believed to be critically injured.

But injuries suffered by two adults were later downgraded, officials said. They were determined to have minor injuries.

The child was airlifted to a trauma center, Johnson said.

The boy’s mother was taken by ambulance to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, a CHP officer said. Details on the victims’ conditions were not available late Tuesday.

The southbound carpool lane was shut down for about an hour.

A few hours after the crash, two other vehicles collided in the northbound lanes of Highway 14 north of Sand Canyon Road. The vehicles wound up on opposite sides of the freeway lanes, and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

Late Tuesday afternoon, a compact car left the southbound freeway lanes near Placerita Canyon Road and came to rest on the embankment between Highway 14 and Sierra Highway. No injuries were reported.

Around 2 p.m. farther south from the injury accident, the rear wheel of a dump truck hauling dirt caught fire as the truck headed up the Newhall Avenue on-ramp to the northbound Highway 14 freeway.

No one was injured in the fire, and firefighters prevented it from spreading to nearby brush.






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