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110 Freeway in South Pasadena cleared after rollover accident

November 17, 2011 |  9:06 am

The southbound lanes of the 110 Freeway in South Pasadena have been cleared of a single-vehicle rollover accident that blocked traffic Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

All lanes were opened as of 8:44 a.m. but traffic remained backed up after firefighters extricated a driver from a car that rolled over south of Orange Grove Avenue.

The driver, who was not identified, was in critical condition at a hospital, authorities said.

The segment of the 110 through South Pasadena and Highland Park is considered especially dangerous.

The roadway was built in 1940, designed for up to 27,000 cars, with top speeds of 45 mph. These days, its six lanes carry about 122,000 vehicles a day, traveling at more than 60 mph.

Studies conducted by UCLA's Department of Urban Planning, using California Department of Transportation data, have described it as "the most unsafe route in the region due to accidents."

In August, an 11-month-old girl burned to death when the disabled car she was in was struck from behind by an oncoming motorist, despite efforts of neighbors along the highway to save her.

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-- Sam Quinones

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