Engine explosion causes brief shutdown of SB 14 Freeway, no one injured

CHP Officer approaches the drivers of the armored vehicle moments before the vehicle is towed away/Skylar Barti The Signal
Both sides of the 14 Freeway north of Soledad Canyon Road were briefly shut down after an armored vehicle’s engine exploded, the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station said Sunday. Law enforcement officials were informed about the incident on the southbound side at 11:14 a.m. While what caused the engine to blow up is not confirmed, fluids from the engine were leaking onto the freeway, said dispatcher Lt. Andrew Dahring. The noise of the engine exploding prompted a response to “shots fired” from deputies, he said. It was confirmed to not be true once law enforcement arrived to the vehicle’s location. California Highway Patrol briefly shut down both sides of the freeway until they found out what caused the noise, Dahring said. No injuries were immediately reported, said CHP officer Dione Conley, and the armored vehicle has since been towed away. Skylar Barti contributed to the reporting for this story. This is a breaking news story. We will update as soon as we receive more information.

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Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini covers local news for The Signal. He joined in 2018, previously working as a reporter and editor for The Sundial, Scene Magazine and El Nuevo Sol while a student at California State University, Northridge, where he studied journalism and political science. He's lived in Santa Clarita since 2002.