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At least seven injured in two crashes on Highway 14

Posted: May 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Two multi-car crashes involving five vehicles injured at least seven people and caused a backup on the northbound Highway 14.

The crashes took place on Highway 14 at Sand Canyon Road, according to officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Calfornia Highway Patrol.

Captain Mike Siefert of LA County Fire Station 150 said his crew responded to the scene at 4:33 p.m.

The crash was initially thought to be a four-car crash, but officials determined it was actually two separate incidents involving a total of five vehicles.

California Highway Patrol officer Mike Karr is investigating the incident and said the first crash involved two cars with “minor property damage,” while the second crash involved three vehicles and was believed to be a response to the first collision.

“The second crash was an effect from the first crash and drivers trying to take evasive action,” Karr said.

LA County Fire and CHP gave conflicting numbers of people injured.

A total of ten were injured, according to fire captain Mike Siefert.

According to CHP officer Karr, seven or eight people were injured and taken by ambulance to two hospitals.

Karr said he believes five patients were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, and three others were taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hill.

The most serious injury was in the three-car crash, which officer Karr described as “a major-injury collision,” but not life-threatening.

The one, two and three northbound lanes were closed so emergency responders could attend to the injured and tow away the wreckage, but lanes were reopened roughly an hour later.

“Alcohol does not seem to be a factor,” Karr said. “[The incident] is still being investigated.”

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