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UPDATE: Crashes slow travelers on rain-slick SCV freeways

Adds a third crash

Posted: May 6, 2013 11:11 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2013 12:38 p.m.

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians rescue a man pinned by a door of a Ford sedan involved in a 3-car collision on southbound Interstate 5 south of Highway 14 in Sylmar on Monday morning. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)

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Monday morning commuters making their way to work on local rain-slick roadways encountered at least three multi-vehicle crashes on both Highway 14 and Interstate 5, emergency response officials said.

Shortly before 11 a.m., three vehicles traveling in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 collided just south of Highway 14, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The crash occurred when one of the vehicles spun out across all lanes of the interstate.

One motorist became pinned inside a white Ford sedan, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.
Los Angeles city firefighters cut the door off his sedan.

Paramedics treated the injured man, placed him on a stretcher and took him to the hospital in an ambulance.
A second person injured in the pileup was also taken by ambulance to the hospital.

A second, unrelated multi-vehicle crash happened shortly before 6 a.m., when a big rig hauling a mobile home northbound on the interstate jack-knifed near the Calgrove Boulevard exit, the Fire Department spokesman said.

“We got a call for an auto collision involving a big rig that jack-knifed,” the spokesman said. “The cab ended up on its side with the mobile home left in the slow lane.”

Initial reports received by California Highway Patrol officers indicated that the big rig first hit the center divider before coming to rest in the slow lane.

At least one person was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries, the Fire Department spokesman said.

The CHP reported all lanes littered with debris as a result of the crash.

Officers shut down the right-hand lane and the one adjacent to it for more than an hour as traffic backed up in all lanes to the Highway 14 interchange.

They also reported several K-rail barriers had been pushed from the center divider into the left lane, causing a traffic hazard, and called in the Fire Department’s hazardous materials unit after they spotted diesel spilled near the crash site.

In a separate multi-vehicle crash on Highway 14 shortly before 10 a.m., four vehicles including a red car and white utility vehicle collided in the southbound lanes near Soledad Canyon Road, the Fire Department spokesman said.

“We had four cars into the center divider,” he said.

One patient was taken to a local hospital, said Fire Department Capt. Tom Richards.
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