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17 hurt as pileup snarls 14 Freeway near Acton

June 26, 2012 | 12:17 pm

The injury toll from a 19-car pileup on the 14 Freeway near Acton rose from 15 to 17 Tuesday as crews worked to clear the wreckage and reopen the north-south artery to the Antelope Valley, officials said.

Mark Savage, a spokesman for the L.A. County Fire Department, said two of the 17 victims were critically injured in the  accident at 10:09 a.m. near the Escondido Canyon Road exit.

He said seven ambulances and about 50 firefighters had responded to the scene.

All southbound lanes of the freeway were closed, as were two northbound lanes, CHP Officer Monica Posada said. Of the 19 vehicles involved, at least one was a big rig, she said.

Posada said it was unclear when the lanes would reopen.

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