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Freeway Accidents Double in Rainy L.A. County

"It's not the weather that's caused the crashes: it's the drivers," says one CHP officer.

There were 77 accidents on rainy L.A. County freeways last night and early this morning, the CHP reported. Patch file photo.
There were 77 accidents on rainy L.A. County freeways last night and early this morning, the CHP reported. Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 7:24 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014. Updated with more recent figures.

California Highway Patrol officers logged 111 traffic crashes on Los Angeles County freeways and other CHP-patrolled roads in a four-hour period this morning, compared with 53 accidents during the same period a week ago, authorities said.

Today's wrecks were reported between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., CHP Officer Tony Polizzi said.

After the rain started last night, the CHP logged 77 accidents between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., compared with 15 from the same period a week earlier.

"It's not the weather that's caused the crashes: it's the drivers," CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said. "We've seen a significant increase in the number of traffic collisions at on-ramps and off-ramps, spinning out and hitting guardrails. That tells us people are driving too fast for the conditions."

The problems included a series of multi-vehicle collisions in the Pasadena area that blocked Foothill (210) Freeway transition lanes in both directions.

The first accident, involving three big rigs and a Mercedes-Benz, closed the two-lane connector road between separate sections of the eastbound 210 around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said. No injuries were reported.

The second accident, around 12:30 a.m., closed the westbound transition lanes of the freeway, which also connect separate sections of the 210 west, after a big rig jackknifed and collided with a sedan.

In a third incident, a big rig jackknifed at 12:40 a.m. and blocked the two transition lanes on an overpass from the eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway to the westbound 210, according to the CHP.

--City News Service

Wolfman March 09, 2014 at 10:15 PM
just stay home on rainy days

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