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1 Dead, 4 Injured In 2-Car Crash On The 14 Freeway

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(Credit: CBS)

(Credit: CBS)

AGUA DULCE (CBS) —  One person was killed and four others were injured when two cars crashed Sunday morning on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Agua Dulce.

The crash was on the northbound freeway at Red Rover Mine Road and reported to the California Highway Patrol at 8:22 a.m. It involved a white Cadillac Escalade and a white pickup truck, according to the CHP.

The conditions of the four injured were not immediately known, said Los Angeles County Fire Dispatcher Clyde Taylor.

A SigAlert issued at 8:34 a.m., as officers took traffic off the northbound freeway at Red Rover Mine Road, and remained in effect into the afternoon. A SigAlert was also issued at 8:44 a.m. closing the Ward Road onramp to the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway for an unknown duration.

The traffic jam getting to the Antelope Valley was so bad that some motorists cut a fence to escape by driving down adjacent roads on ranches, CHP officers reported. Others drove several miles, the wrong way, or backed up into distant on-ramps to escape.

Numerous CHP officers and sheriff’s deputies worked near Escondido Canyon Road’s onramp to the 14 Freeway, ticketing wrong-way drivers and dealing with those escaping onto nearby private property.

The freeway was reopened at about 1:30 p.m., according to CHP.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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