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Other recent crashes have plagued region around 14 Freeway pileup

June 26, 2012 |  2:17 pm

At least three people have been killed since April in traffic accidents on the 14 Freeway where 17 people were injured Tuesday in a 19-vehicle pileup that closed all southbound lanes.

The crash Tuesday near Escondido Canyon Road involved 18 cars and one big rig, and two people were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, officials said.

Officer Christian Cracraft said traffic was being rerouted to exit the southbound side of the freeway at Ward Road.

He said a big rig carrying about 25 tons of sand was believed to be involved, but it was unclear if the sand was spilled onto the highway.

Cracraft added that there was no set time for the road to reopen but estimated “it’s probably going to be a couple more hours.”

On May 6, a man and woman were killed nearby when their vehicles collided head-on near Red Rover Mine Road, the Times reported. One car was heading south when it car crossed the dirt median for unknown reasons about 8:20 a.m. and hit the other vehicle. Red Rover Mine Road is just miles north of the Escondido Canyon Road exit.

In April, it was reported that a sport utility vehicle went over the side on the northbound 14 Freeway near Agua Dulce Canyon Road. The Los Angeles Daily News said the driver was killed, and the crash touched off a small brush fire just one exit south of Escondido Canyon Road.

CHP officials who track accident statistics could not be immediately reached for comment.

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-- Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

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