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5 killed in crash as heavy rains hit Los Angeles [Updated]

April 12, 2010 |  5:25 am

A powerful rainstorm moved into Southern California Monday morning, triggering a multi-car crash that killed five people in Newhall.

The crash occurred during a heavy downpour around 12:14 a.m. on southbound Interstate 5 near the 14 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

[For the record: An earlier version of this post stated that the crash occurred on southbound Interstate 5 near the 15 Freeway.]

Firefighters worked to free some of those trapped in cars. There were reports from the scene that three of the victims were juveniles, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

The crash was one of several accidents caused by the storm that hit early Monday morning.

The storm was expected to bring up to an inch of rain in the Los Angeles basin, and up to three inches in local mountains. Residents were bracing for possible evacuations in the burn areas of the foothills, where mudslides have occurred before. Mountain roads in the burn areas were closed.

No mudslides were reported overnight despite some intense cells of rain moving through.

Rains are expected to continue through the afternoon, with some thunderstorms possible. Skies are expected to clear on Tuesday.

-- Ruben Vives and Shelby Grad

Photo: The crash scene on southbound Interstate 5 near the 14 Freeway. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times