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High winds tip over 7 tractor-trailers north of Los Angeles, close northbound State Route 14

A tow truck approaches a tipped-over tractor-trailer on State Route 14 on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.
A tow truck approaches a tipped-over tractor-trailer on State Route 14 on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.
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A tow truck approaches a tipped-over tractor-trailer on State Route 14 on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.
Traffic is redirected near a tipped-over tractor-trailer on State Route 14 on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.
Brandon Vaccaro/California City Fire Rescue


The northbound State Route 14 has been closed in the Mojave Desert area north of Los Angeles due to high winds which have tipped over seven tractor-trailers, California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez told KPCC. The freeway is closed from Avenue D in Lancaster through Mojave, at the Los Angeles-Kern County line.

People are being advised to avoid the area, with recommended alternate routes including Interstate 5 or the 101 Freeway, Hernandez said. Authorities are rerouting traffic between Avenue D and State Route 138, sending them towards Interstate 5 through Gorman.

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It's unknown when the highway will reopen, Hernandez said. They were making periodic evaluations to decide when it will be reopened, he said.

"At this time, it's pretty much [closed] until further notice, when the winds actually die down, and it is safe for vehicles to travel through," Hernandez said.

There were no injuries reported, Hernandez said.

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High-profile vehicles were also not being allowed on a section of State Route 58, according to the Associated Press, citing the CHP's traffic web page.

The National Weather Service posted high wind warnings and advisories due to strong west-to-northwest winds sweeping through the region through Wednesday, according to the AP. Forecasters said gusts in the mountains and Antelope Valley could reach 60 mph.