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5-car pileup snarls traffic on westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar

March 11, 2013 |  7:56 pm

Traffic was snarled in this area after an accident on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar.

This post has been updated. See note below for details.

Traffic on the westbound 210 Freeway near the 5 Freeway in Sylmar was snarled Monday night after five vehicles collided, officials said.

The accident involved a big rig, an SUV and a Prius and caused a heavy backup, according to initial reports by California Highway Patrol officers at the scene. The incident was reported about 7 p.m.

Firefighters responded, but it was not immediately clear how many people may have been injured.

At least two lanes on the busy freeway were closed. It was unclear when they would be reopened.

[Updated 7:59 p.m.: Four patients were taken to hospitals, and traffic was beginning to move, the LAFD said.]


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Photo: Map shows area where the accident was reported. Credit: Google Maps