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Crash of 8 big rigs to tie up Newhall Pass traffic for hours

October 23, 2012 |  5:51 am
PHOTOS: At least eight big rigs crash in Newhall Pass

At least eight big rigs were involved in a massive collision in the truck bypass tunnel of the Newhall Pass on Tuesday morning, closing lanes and snarling nearby traffic, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The big rigs collided shortly after 3 a.m. on the southbound 5 Freeway at Highway 14, and when authorities responded to the scene they found "two jackknifed big rigs blocking all lanes and one leaking fuel," said CHP Officer Anthony Martin. The truck apparently spilled hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel, officials said.

Martin said authorities also found six other big rigs involved in the collision.

PHOTOS: At least eight big rigs crash in Newhall Pass

All southbound lanes of the freeway's truck route were closed after the collision and other big rigs were given the OK to use the main road on the 5 Freeway, Martin said. As of about 5:15 a.m., he said, the southbound lanes of the truck route would likely remain closed for several more hours.

Martin said he was not able to confirm reports that someone had been trapped inside a vehicle or whether any of the drivers or passengers were injured, but other officials said at least one driver was trapped in his truck.


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Photo: One of the eight big rigs involved in a massive collision in the Newhall Pass truck bypass. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times