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Debris closes Metrolink line in Ventura County

February 17, 2009 |  8:01 am

The Metrolink line in Ventura County was closed this morning after debris from a mudslide covered the tracks near Chatsworth, authorities said. Traveling from Moorpark to Los Angeles, the train was approaching the Chatsworth station when a conductor saw an obstruction of mud and rocks, said Metrolink spokesman Francisco Oaxaca. The conductor took the train back to the Simi Valley station, where the passengers were dropped off. Officials didn't know when the line would be reopened.

Meanwhile, all freeways are open in Los Angeles County, but drivers are advised to slow down on slick roads. Snow chains are still required on many highways near the mountains.

But these roads are closed either because of accidents or storm damage: Westbound Highway 126 at Pyle Road in Fillmore;  Angeles Crest Highway from Islip Saddle to about 5 miles west of Big Pines in the Angeles National Forest; and Highway 39 from Coldbrook Ranger Station to Islip Saddle in the Angeles National Forest.

-- Corina Knoll