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UPDATE: Highway 14 fully reopens after afternoon crashes

One person dead, several reportedly injured in pair of collisions

Posted: June 29, 2013 12:09 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2013 5:54 p.m.

Motorists involved in a crash on the northbound Highway 14 Freeway, south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road stand next to an overturned SUV as traffic is directed around the collision on Saturday afternoon in Agua Dluce. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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A pair of crashes on Highway 14 Saturday left one person dead, several injured and snarled traffic for hours near Agua Dulce, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The first crash occurred around 11:30 a.m. when a big rig collided with a car that was disabled on the side of northbound Highway 14 near Agua Dulce Canyon Road, according to CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo.

There were two people in the car when the collision occurred, Sauquillo said. One died as a result of the crash and the other was airlifted from the scene for treatment.

CHP Officer Ed Jacobs said shortly after noon that the helicopter was heading to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

The big rig suspected to be involved in the incident apparently left the scene of the accident for a short time, Sauquillo said. The big rig was later stopped by a CHP officer.

A second crash, also on northbound Highway 14, took place just south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road at about 12:45 p.m., according to Sauquillo.

Four or five vehicles were involved in that crash, Sauquillo said, and one car overturned as a result of the collision.

Sauquillo said she was not sure of the extent of injuries as a result of that crash but said she had heard of two people being transported from the scene for treatment.

The crashes temporarily shut down the entire northbound highway north of Agua Dulce Canyon Road, causing traffic to back up on Highway 14 all the way back to Soledad Canyon Road.

The road fully reopened at around 4:58 p.m., according to Sauquillo.

There were also reports of cars overheating as they idled in the traffic jam, due in part to the scorching temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees in the area.

This is the second fatal crash in as many weeks on northbound Highway 14. Two people died during a head-on collision caused by an apparent wrong-way driver just south of Escondido Canyon Road on June 22.

The alleged driver of that vehicle, identified as 38-year-old Burbank resident Bradford Pate, has since been charged with murder.

Another crash apparently caused by a wrong-way driver took place in the same area on June 17, injuring 13 people.
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