Rain-slick roads factored into several traffic collisions overnight including one fatal crash, several solo vehicle spin-outs, and sparked at least one mud flow that trapped a remote county fire station.
One person was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Sierra Highway, just south of Vasquez Canyon Road, Sgt. Mike Munoz of the California Highway Patrol told The Signal.
Preliminary reports from the scene of the crash said a sedan traveling northbound on Sierra Highway collided head-on with a recreational vehicle.
A third vehicle was involved, but it is unclear how.
Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 7:30 p.m. and arrived at 7:37 p.m., Inspector Rich Licon of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
“We had three patients, one critical,” he said, noting each patient was taken in a separate ambulance to the hospital.
In a separate incident early this morning, the rain started a mud flow around Fire Camp 9, in the Angeles National Forest, that prevented firefighters going in and out, Licon said.
“We dispatched a bulldozer to clear the access roads,” he said. “They were shut off because of the mud flow there.”
In other parts of the Santa Clarita Valley, CHP and deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to several crashes, many of them spin-outs resulting in little or no injury.
A white Honda Accord spun out on San Francisquito Canyon road shortly after 9 a.m. A White Nissan did the same on Highway 138 about the same time.
A white Toyota spun out on Placerita Canyon Road near Sand Canyon Road shortly after 7:30 a.m. and became stuck in the mud, according to the CHP.
A spin-out crash in the southbound lanes of Highway 14 near Agua Dulce Canyon Road which led to other spin-outs.
At least four vehicles ended up at the side of the highway on the right shoulder.
“When you’re driving in the rain, everyone needs to slow down,” CHP Sgt. Mike Munoz said. “You have to leave space on the road and take extra time.”
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