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UPDATE: Two injured in Highway 14 crash

Posted: August 8, 2014 2:32 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2014 4:53 p.m.

A CHP officer prepares to leave the scene as one car involved in a multi-vehicle crash is cleared from lanes on the southbound Highway 14 freeway near Escondido Canyon Road Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson


A pair of crashes blocked some northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road for more than an hour Friday, the California Highway Patrol repoprted.

A disabled car on the northbound side of the freeway may have triggered the first collision, which occurred at about 12:11 p.m., the CHP said.

The disabled car was hit from behind by another vehicle. Two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries suffered in that crash, officials said.

Three lanes of the northbound 14 freeway were shut down to remove the vehicles, the CHP said.

A short time later, at about 12:28 p.m., a second crash occurred on the southbound lanes of the 14, possibly caused by cars slowing or stopping to see the collision on the northbound lanes, officials said.

No injuries were reported in that crash, but two lanes of the southbound 14 were closed for cleanup, the CHP said.
All of the vehicles were removed and the freeway was reopened at 1:38 p.m., the CHP said.




SCV123: Posted: August 9, 2014 9:16 a.m.

Glad nobody was seriously hurt. No need to learn lessons the hard way like this people. Just pay attention to the road. Move disabled cars off to the shoulder or put out a makeshift cone or something.

Has anyone else noticed a change in freeway driving behavior over the past couple months? More jockeying for position across all lanes?

zra: Posted: August 9, 2014 2:48 p.m.

"Has anyone else noticed a change in freeway driving behavior over the past couple months? More jockeying for position across all lanes? "

Ive noticed this for the last 10 years(the time i've been commuting between Valencia and Palmdale).

The reason to me is clear. It's a result of the "part-time" carpool lane on the 14 coupled with drivers not keeping right for faster traffic.

For those that aren't aware. The 14 has the only part-time carpool lane in Southern California. Signs posted along the northbound lanes indicate that the carpool is in effect from 3pm to 7pm M-F and along the southbound lanes from 5am to 9am M-F. At all other times the lane is usable by all vehicles regardless of the number of passengers.

In spite of that there are the standard double yellow lines with brief openings just like on the full time carpool lanes.

The problem is that there are varying thoughts on how to treat the double yellow line when the carpool lane is open for all to use. Some drivers believe that no carpool lane = ok to cross the double yellow and thus the defacto "fast/passing lane" and some drivers believe that it doesn't matter cant cross it. The later is technically the legal case, but logic doesn't support the later case. If there was no carpool lane there wouldn't be a double yellow. The lane represents a limited resource and not utilizing it to its fullest potential is illogical.

Generally speaking the traffic on the 14 during non carpool hours is fairly light to medium. Because drivers don't want to cross the double yellow traffic that wants to move faster gets backed up. The lane to the right of the carpool is the same. Alot of those drivers pick a speed and feel that if the carpool lane is open traffic can pass left via the carpool lane if they want to go faster. You end up with a barrier of cars from the carpool lane to the right most lane all going the same speed. No cars in front of them for as far as the eye can see and 20 or more cars stuck behind wanting only to get up in front of the wall of traffic so they can set cruise control and drive on.

This causes drivers to tailgate and jockey for position.

It's a mess, and it's complete avoidable if they would just remove the double yellow lines, and do as Northern California has done with their part-time carpool lanes, and use white strips with signage to indicate carpool hours.

johnnyrock: Posted: August 11, 2014 2:30 p.m.

I won't even drive on the freeway anymore, i get such bad panic attacks...

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