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Rain, Excessive Speeding Cause Deadly Crash On 5 Freeway In Newhall

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NEWHALL (CBS) — Two people were killed Saturday in a crash on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway in Newhall.

The deadly crash, which was reported at 6:33 a.m., took place near Gavin Canyon and prompted a SigAlert following the closure of two lanes of traffic.

Investigators blamed the deadly crash on rain and excessive speeding.

Officials said Huy Hoang, 26, of Gardena was traveling at unsafe speeds given the wet condition of the road.

Hoang and two passengers were in a 2001 Acura. They all escaped injury. But a driver of a Mercedes and her passenger were not as fortunate.

After hydroplaning her car into the Mercedes, Reyna Medina, 23, and her passenger were both killed.

The California Highway Patrol reported that there were 264 accidents on roads and freeways in our area between 5-9 a.m. as compared to 48 in the same period last week.

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