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UPDATE: Northbound I-5 shut down for an hour

7 people injured, 9 vehicles involved in Newhall Pass crash

Posted: May 10, 2013 11:40 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2013 5:57 p.m.

A California Highway Patrol officer walks past one of the vehicles involved in a multi-car crash on the northbound Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard in Newhall on Friday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

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The northbound Interstate 5 freeway through Newhall Pass was shut down for about an hour Friday after nine cars slammed into each other, backing traffic into the San Fernando Valley.

The collision occurred around 11:15 a.m. at Calgrove Boulevard. Nine vehicles were involved in the crash, and seven people were transported to hospitals with moderate to minor injuries, said California Highway Patrol Officer David Morales.

The freeway was reopened in about an hour, Morales said.

“We worked really fast on that,” he said.

With the major thoroughfare shut down, traffic backed up into the San Fernando Valley. Residents stuck through the pass with nowhere to go stood outside their cars or tried to climb the hills on the side of the freeway to see what was causing the delay.

Some motorists stood in the freeway lanes chatting. One man pulled a folding chair out of pickup cab and set it up in the bed of the truck, where he sat and relaxed.

Initial reports indicated a wrong-way driver caused the multiple-vehicle pileup. Later, the cause was said to be a hit-and-run driver.

But the initial investigation indicated neither was true, Morales said. The cause of the crash had not been determined by Friday evening, but investigators were looking into one motorist’s report that a vehicle's mechanical failure caused the collision.

 

 

 

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