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Snow, rain bring crashes and closures to Southern California highways

February 20, 2011 | 11:50 am

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The rain that inundated Southern California overnight flooded roads and caused a string of crashes, at least one fatal, according to California Highway Patrol.

A driver died after his pickup truck collided with another truck while he was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, just south of Vista Del Lago, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. The man's name has not been released, Jacobs said.

Another person injured in the crash was flown to a nearby hospital, Jacobs said.

Jacobs said it was unclear whether snow on the freeway contributed to the wreck, which triggered a second crash.

“The weather doesn’t cause crashes -- it’s people who drive fast in the weather that causes crashes,” Jacobs said.

More than twice as many crashes occurred overnight compared with a normal weekend, Jacobs said: 170 crashes from 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday compared with 82 crashes during the same time last weekend.

The 110 Freeway was closed briefly Sunday morning in Highland Park due to flooding but reopened by 8:30 a.m., Jacobs said. California 14 was closed in the Antelope Valley for about an hour due to ice and snow but reopened by 8:34 a.m., he said.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Hikers walk toward the snow-covered mountains in Deukmejian Wilderness State Park in La Crescenta on Sunday morning. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times

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