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Vehicle Drives Off 5 Freeway Overpass, Lands Onto Lake Hughes Road During Santa Clarita Crash

Santa Clarita traffic was temporarily blocked for an unknown duration Saturday afternoon after a vehicle drove off the 5 Freeway overpass and landed in the middle of oncoming traffic on Lake Hughes Road.

Around 12 p.m. Saturday, emergency responders received reports of a traffic collision on Lake Hughes Road just below the 5 Freeway in Castaic, according to Miguel Ornelas, a dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

“One vehicle drove off of the freeway,” Ornelas said. 

Photo Courtesy of Dori DiFatta

The vehicle plummeted approximately 20 feet off of the freeway and landed on all four wheels without overturning, nearly hitting several cars, according to officials on scene. 

The vehicle, a red truck, allegedly hit a pillar after plunging off the side of the 5 Freeway onto Lake Hughes Road, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Incident Logs. 

Twenty feet of the northbound 5 Freeway guardrail was damaged as a result of the incident and a tree fell into the roadway of Lake Hughes Road during the initial crash, according to CHP.

Traffic along Lake Hughes Road was temporarily blocked for an unknown duration as firefighters worked to clear the debris from the lanes, according to the CHP Incident Logs.

The driver walked away from the crash and no transports were needed, according to Ornelas. 

Ed. Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.


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Vehicle Drives Off 5 Freeway Overpass, Lands Onto Lake Hughes Road During Santa Clarita Crash

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About Rachel Matta

Born and raised in Santa Clarita, Rachel Matta has always had a love for writing and media. The first time she ever smiled was actually while she was laying next to her mom as she flipped through the pages of a magazine. Upon graduating from high school in 2019, she chose to major in both journalism and political science at College of the Canyons with the intention of concentrating in news reporting. She began her journey at KHTS as a news intern in the summer of 2020 and officially joined the newsroom in the spring of 2021, intending to move forward with compassion and inquisition.