PALMDALE (CBSLA) – A 38-year-old woman was killed when a car careened into the back of a semi-truck along the 14 Freeway in Palmdale early Friday morning, shutting down a portion of the freeway for several hours.
The violent crash occurred just before 3 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the 14 Freeway near Palmdale Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol.
Bezawit Hailemichael, of Palmdale, died at the scene. The exact circumstances of the collision were not confirmed. Palmdale saw three inches of snow Thursday, but it’s unclear if weather was a contributing factor.
A Sig Alert was issued and the northbound 14 Freeway was shut down for more than six hours, with traffic backed up for miles. All northbound traffic was diverted at Avenue “S.”
The northbound lanes did not fully reopen until 9:30 a.m.
In Palmdale on NB Route 14 at Palmdale Blvd all lanes are closed due to a fatality. All traffic being diverted off at Ave "S". Estimated opening time is 9 a.m. Traffic is backed up 5 miles so avoid the area if possible.
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