COURTESY OF LEON WORDEN – SCTVNEWS
One person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a collision on the northbound 14 Freeway in the Agua Dulce area.
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Multiple accidents happened Saturday around 11:25 a.m. when a big-rig struck a man who was outside of his vehicle on the side of the freeway just north of Agua Dulce Canyon Road. One or more witnesses reported to California Highway Patrol that a man was working on his vehicle when the semi-truck hit him.
The man was lying in the roadway and the semi-truck left. It is not yet clear whether the driver knew he had struck the victim. CHP officers took off after the big-rig. The three right lanes of the freeway were closed, with only one open, and a SIG alert was issued.
A little more than an hour later, around 12:45 p.m., an SUV was approaching the stopped traffic when it rear-ended another vehicle and rolled over. The result was a four-car collision south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road.
It is not yet known which collision resulted in the fatality – the man being struck by a semi-truck or the subsequent four-car collision.
A SIG alert was issued for all lanes and traffic is backed up for at least five or six miles, according to reports from motorists.
Numerious additional minor collisions have occurred in the area of the backup, and CHP is reporting that drivers are turning around and driving the wrong way on the freeway to get to an exit.
Temperatures in Canyon Country at the time were as high as 112 degrees.
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Source: Santa Clarita News