UPDATE: Multiple injuries reported in 7-vehicle pileup near Escondido

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

At least a half-dozen people were hurt, including three taken to the hospital, following a seven-vehicle pileup on Highway 14 at Escondido Canyon Road, shortly after noon Tuesday.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to a multi-vehicle traffic collision in the northbound lanes of Highway 14, near Agua Dulce.

“This was a traffic collision requiring advanced life support,” Fire Department spokesman Brian Stevens said.

Paramedics arriving at the crash site requested three ambulances to respond as well, Stevens said.

Three of the six injured required basic life support and were taken by ambulance to hospital, Fire Department spokesman Austin Bennett said.

Officer Josh Greengard with the California Highway Patrol said the crash happened in the carpool lane.

“Upon CHP arrival, we were able to get all vehicles over to the right shoulder,  and the lanes were cleared and open at 12:44 p.m.,” he said.

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