Morning rain makes for hazardous driving on Southland freeways

Southern California Rain

Ed Joyce

Rain Monday morning has made for hazardous driving conditions throughout Southern California. Rain falls on a Southern California freeway during a recent storm.

The Monday morning rain brought a flurry of traffic accidents on many Southern California freeways and streets, from San Diego to Los Angeles. 

The California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page showed at least three jackknifed big rigs, ten vehicle spin outs, five vehicles crashing into center dividers or guardrails and three stalled vehicles struck by other vehicles.

A big rig jackknifed on the truck lane in the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway at the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway, in Sylmar, at 1:22 a.m., causing a fuel leak that closed the road for 3 1/2 hours.

A car and big rig collided on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Washington Boulevard just before 3 a.m. shutting down all but the slow lane for two hours.

There were major injuries in a collision at 1:39 a.m. between between two cars on the westbound Ventura (101) Freeway at Laurel Canyon Boulevard. One car wound up in the center divider and the other facing the wrong way in the fast lane. The westbound side was shut down for an hour.

A Mustang crashed into a fire hydrant at San Marino Street and Vermont Avenue, in Koreatown, at about 3 a.m. Alcohol and rain are both possible causes, said Sgt. Dino Calderra in the Los Angles Police Department Olympic Station.

The short term forecast from the National Weather Service calls for the rain to taper off by mid-morning Monday. 

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