Unsafe speeds and pouring rain led to a chain reaction of collisions at 1:40 p.m. Saturday involving 15 vehicles and closure of the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 for about an hour, according to the California Highway Patrol. . .
No life-threatening injuries were reported as a result of the collisions, which forced closures of the freeway between Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway. The accidents came during the second full day of storms that rolled into the Southland on Thursday night.
Five separate collisions occurred, involving the 15 vehicles.
“It was a chain reaction thing, one after another. It was unsafe speed and the pouring rain,” said CHP officer Michelle Cross.
There were 11 reported injuries, mostly complaints of pain and a couple of minor lacerations. Some of those hurt were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment.
One pickup truck went over the side of the freeway and down a small slope.
The collisions were reported at 1:40 p.m. and the vehicles were cleared away by about 2:40 p.m., the CHP said. The weather let up and the sun broke out in the immediate area just as people were being helped out of their vehicles and treated for their injuries.
Assisting with the rescues and towing were flatbed trucks and tow trucks, about a dozen CHP cars, at least 10 ambulances, and more than half-a-dozen fire department trucks and rescue vehicles.
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