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All lanes of 14 Freeway open after 19-vehicle pileup

June 26, 2012 |  2:40 pm

All lanes of the 14 Freeway were reopened Tuesday afternoon near Acton after a 19-vehicle pileup that left 17 people injured and closed the main roadway to the Antelope Valley.

Mark Savage, a spokesman for the L.A. County Fire Department, said two of the 17 victims were critically injured in the 10:09 a.m. accident near the Escondido Canyon Road exit. Their conditions were not immediately available.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Miller told KCAL9 officers were slowing traffic on the freeway about 9:40 a.m. to clear "a bunch of pipes" when a big rig "came around the corner, was unable to stop in time and started a chain-reaction collision."

Some of the vehicles ended on top of others during the crash, which caused a miles-long backup on the freeway. Savage 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. The lanes reopened about 2:15 p.m.

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— Matt Stevens and Kate Mather

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