3 Crashed Big Rigs Close Lanes on 210 Freeway at 134

Wreckage was spread over a quarter of a mile, closing connector roads in both directions.

Updated 9:17a.m.: All lanes are open and the SIG alert has been canceled, according to the CHP

Earlier: One lane of the transition road from the eastbound 134 Freeway to the westbound 210 Freeway was reopened shortly before 8 a.m., said California
Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. The other lanes were expected to remain
blocked until  at least 9 a.m., he said.

Original Story: A collision involving as many as four big rigs, two of which jackknifed, closed the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway transition road at the Ventura (134) Freeway split in Pasadena this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol and a news photographer at the scene.

The collision around 2:25 a.m. also closed the connector road from the eastbound 134 to the westbound 210, said CHP Officer Patrick Kimball. No injuries were reported, he said.

The wreckage was spread over at least a quarter-mile of the 210 connector road, the photographer reported.

The closures were expected to last until 7:30 a.m., Kimball said It was unclear if wet conditions were a factor in the crash

The rainy weather has been causing a major spike in traffic crashes on Los Angeles roads and freeways, some of them deadly, and wet road conditions are expected through at least Sunday.

About five times the normal number of crashes were reported on Los Angeles freeways on Thursday morning during the light rain that began in the area Wednesday, compared with the number on  dry day last week, the CHP reported.

Between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, there were 188 accidents, compared with 36 crashes during that time frame a week ago, when it did not rain, CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.

About 4:45 a.m. Thursday, a 72-year-old man was killed and two other people suffered minor injuries in a multi-vehicle collision on the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway near Cahuenga Boulevard in Toluca Lake. All but one westbound lane of the 134 Freeway was closed at Hollywood Way in Burbank, and the Hollywood Way onramp to the westbound side of the freeway was also closed, according to the CHP.

About 2:20 a.m. Thursday, a big rig jackknifed on the Golden State (5) Freeway north of Colorado Street near Griffith Park, blocking all freeway lanes in both directions, CHP Officer Anthony Martin said.

About 6:25 a.m., the southbound 5 Freeway lanes were reopened, and the northbound lanes were reopened about an hour afterward. It was unclear if wet weather played a part in the wreck, but it was raining at the time of the crash.     A two-vehicle wreck around 7:35 a.m. on Sierra Highway near Scherzinger Lane in Santa Clarita left several passengers hospitalized with serious to critical injuries, according to the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station. A 19-year- old woman who was driving one of the vehicles was treated in the intensive care unit, a sheriff's official said.

Other wrecks reported Thursday included a hit-and-run crash around 5:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of El Segundo Boulevard near Vermont Avenue in Gardena that took the life of a 19-year-old man, authorities said.

A man was critically injured and two other people received minor injuries in a vehicle collision at 6400 N. Wilbur Ave., near Victory Boulevard, in Tarzana around 7:30 p.m., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The critically injured man was extricated from the wreckage and taken to a trauma center, Scott said.

Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, one person was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash on East Avenue O at 150th Street East in the unincorporated Lake Los Angeles area east of Palmdale, the CHP's Kimball said.

Southern California will experience wet weather through Sunday night, National Weather Service forecasters said.

J McNally November 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM
What a miracle that no one died in the big rig crash! How backed up was the traffic, anyone know?


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