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UPDATE: Lanes reopen after morning crash on Highway 14

39,000 pounds of meat spilled onto freeway

Posted: May 21, 2013 9:23 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2013 3:34 p.m.

Traffic crawls along Soledad Canyon Road toward Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Michele Buttelman/The Signal

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An early morning crash between a car and a big rig snarled traffic on Highway 14 for almost 10 hours Tuesday, according to officials with the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred when a big rig struck a car that was disabled on the right shoulder of the southbound highway, according to Sgt. Kevin Pack with the CHP Newhall Station.

The collision then caused the truck to overturn.

CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said the crash took place shortly after 4 a.m. near Sand Canyon Road.

Nobody was transported to the hospital for treatment, said Inspector Scott Miller with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The rig was carrying approximately 39,000 pounds of meat when the crash occurred, Villalobos said.

Beginning at 5 a.m., CHP officers closed lanes of southbound Highway 14 near Sand Canyon to clean up after the crash.

Traffic was slowed for hours on the southbound 14 between Sand Canyon and Escondido Canyon Road, according to the CHP. Traffic on Soledad Canyon Road was also slow in the area between Sand Canyon Road and Shadow Pines Boulevard.

CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo said the freeway fully reopened at 2:30 p.m.

Pack said it is unclear what type of meat the truck was carrying. He also said CHP officers had attempted to contact the owner of the truck to see what to do with all the meat.

Sauquillo said an insurance company had been contacted as a result of the incident. That company will make the determination on what to do with the meat, she said.

Martine Colette, director of the Wildlife WayStation animal sanctuary on Little Tujunga Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, said she heard about the crash on the news and contacted the CHP to see if her organization could take some of the meat to feed its animals.

“It certainly would have gone to good use instead of going into a landfill where nothing benefits from it,” Colette said.

But the company who owned the meat declined, she said.

Colette estimated the sanctuary’s carnivorous inhabitants, include lions, tigers and grizzly bears, consume about 3,000 pounds of meat in a given week.

“We would have made short work of it,” she said, referring to the truck’s contents.
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