RAINY DAY DRAMA CRASH LEAVES BIG DUMP TRUCK DANGLING OVER METROLINK TRACKS.Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - Heavy rain caused havoc on local roads Monday where one man died in a collision and several vehicles tangled on Interstate 5 in a dramatic crash that temporarily halted Metrolink train service on the tracks below.
The first big storm of the season brought thunder, lightning and 1.6 inches of rain to the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. where a flood watch remains in effect through this afternoon.
Late Monday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Fire Department Not to be confused with Los Angeles Fire Department.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), serves unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, as well as 58 cities and towns that choose to have the county provide fire and EMS services, including the City of La was called to the flood-prone Polynesian Mobile Home Park in Newhall, where the main driveway, which crosses a creek, was flooded and impassable. Several mobile homes were destroyed during torrential rains in January that forced evacuations. The park management had not completed repairs of the driveway off San Fernando Road San Fernando Road is a major street in the city and county of Los Angeles. It starts off in Castaic as The Old Road, passing through Santa Clarita and the Newhall Pass, where upon its intersection with Sierra Highway near the junction of the Golden State (I-5) and the .
Earlier Monday, Juan Alvarado, 45, of Santa Paula Santa Paula (săn`tə pôl`ə), city (1990 pop. 25,062), Ventura co., S Calif., on the Santa Clara River in a fertile valley that yields citrus fruits, avocados, vegetables, flowers, nursery products, and walnuts; laid out 1875, inc. died in a three-car collision on westbound state Route 126 at Castaic Creek Castaic Creek is a stream in northern Los Angeles County, California. It is a tributary of the Santa Clara River. Castaic Dam on the creek forms Castaic Lake, but most of the water comes from the West Branch of the California Aqueduct, also called the State Water Project. .
At about 7:20 a.m., Maria Bejar, 45, of Piru was heading east at 55 mph to 60 mph when she lost control of her Ford Expedition The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV built by the Ford Motor Company. Introduced in 1997 it slots between the smaller Ford Explorer, and the now discontinued and larger Ford Excursion. The Expedition offers up to eight passenger seating and a range of V8 engines. and spun into the westbound lanes. The rear of her sport utility vehicle hit Alvarado's Ford Ranger pickup, then hit a second pickup truck, authorities said.
Alvarado, who apparently was not wearing a seat belt, suffered a massive head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene, Highway Patrol Officer Wendy Hahn said. The other drivers were not injured.
While traffic crashes clogged the roads, commuters on Metrolink's Antelope Valley line also were delayed in Santa Clarita, spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. About 6 a.m. an engine failed on the line, which runs from Lancaster through Santa Clarita to Los Angeles.
Then shortly after 9 a.m. a large dump traveling along the I-5/Antelope Valley Freeway interchange hit several cars and was hanging over the side of the freeway, the train tracks about 100 feet below. Debris fell onto the tracks, prompting Metrolink to halt trains, Tyrrell said.
``And right after we closed the tracks for the accident, we received a call about a suspicious package at the Sylmar station, which gave us another reason to keep the tracks closed,'' she said.
Problems were cleared by 11:35 a.m.
The dump truck accident occurred when driver Gabriel Alcantar, 51, of North Hills failed to slow for traffic, Hahn said. He hit several stopped vehicles and broke through the guardrail.
A 5-year-old boy was treated for a minor injury at the scene and a 45-year-old Acton woman was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
(1 -- 2 -- color) Traffic came to a halt Monday on the connector lanes of the Antelope Valley Freeway The Antelope Valley Freeway is a freeway in Los Angeles and Kern counties in southern California. It is signed as California State Highway 14 along its length. It connects Greater Los Angeles to the rapidly developing Antelope Valley. and the Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964. in Sylmar, above left, as a 10-wheeler dump truck hit several cars came to a rest at the edge of the freeway, dangling 100 feet over Metrolink tracks, above, officials said.
(3 -- 4 -- color -- ran in SAC edition only) Southbound traffic on the Antelope Valley Freeway near Golden Valley Road comes to a halt, above, as rain and crashes caused a commuting nightmare for Santa Clarita residents. Above right, A CHP CHP Chapter
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CHP Community Health Plan officer investigates the scene of a fatal crash along state Route 126.
(5 -- color -- ran in AV edition only) A Metrolink train, above, comes to a stop at the Via Princessa station because of the danger associated with the crash.
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