Blocked on the 14

Crash backs up traf­fic early in the morn­ing; 1 per­son sent to hospi­tal

The Signal - - Front page - By Austin Dave Sig­nal Mul­ti­me­dia Jour­nal­ist

An early-morn­ing crash in­volv­ing a big rig brought traf­fic on High­way 14 to a halt Wed­nes­day morn­ing after the truck slammed into a con­crete me­dian in Ne­whall, CHP of­fi­cials con­firmed.

The crash was re­ported to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol at 4:51 a.m. on the free­way be­tween Ne­whall Av­enue and Placerita Canyon Road. Re­spond­ing units found a big rig par­tially over­turned and on top of the me­dian sep­a­rat­ing north­bound and south­bound traf­fic, CHP of­fi­cer Josh Green­gard con­firmed.

The big rig blocked the HOV and the No. 1 lane on both sides of the free­way south of Placerita Canyon Road.

The Los An­ge­les

County Fire Depart­ment dis­patched an ex­panded traf­fic col­li­sion re­sponse at 4:55 a.m. with En­gine Com­pany 150 ar­riv­ing first to the scene, ac­cord­ing to County Fire Dis­patch Su­per­vi­sor Ch­eryl Simms.

A haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als team re­sponse from Fire Sta­tion 150 was re­quested at 5 a.m. for two punc­tured sad­dle fuel tanks on the semi-trailer trac­tor, Simms added.

At least one per­son was trans­ported to the hospi­tal as a re­sult of the crash. No other ve­hi­cles were in­volved in the in­ci­dent. Both sides of the free­way were shut down to fa­cil­i­tate de­bris cleanup and the setup of a flare pat­tern. Two lanes in each di­rec­tion were opened by 5:53 a.m. North­bound lanes of High­way 14 through Ne­whall were fully re­opened at 8:30 a.m., Green­gard said.

Green­gard asked mo­torists trav­el­ing dur­ing the rain­storm to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions on wet roads, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing brak­ing dis­tance and trav­el­ing at lower speeds.

“Road­ways will be wet to­day, so give your­self ex­tra time, space and pa­tience,” Green­gard said. “Watch your speed as tires start hy­droplan­ing at about 55 mph.”

The CHP of­fi­cer also said state law man­dates head­lights must be on when wind­shield wipers are in use dur­ing pe­ri­ods of rain.

Austin Dave/The Sig­nal

Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol and Free­way Ser­vice Pa­trol units work to clear de­bris fol­low­ing a big rig crash on High­way 14 Wed­nes­day morn­ing. The crash caused traf­fic — seen in the back­ground — to back up.

Austin Dave/The Sig­nal

CHP of­fi­cers re­spond to the scene of a crash that ended up block­ing traf­fic on High­way 14 early Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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