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Storm causes closures, fallen trees and crashes

February 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Several serious car crashes kept emergency responders busy Saturday morning.The California Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita. Officers said a car veered off the road in the northbound lanes near Calgrove Boulevard.

One person was killed and a second person was hospitalized in critical condition in the crash.

Another driver was killed in Del Rey in a crash along the 90 Freeway. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Fire Department said the driver lost control of his truck and slammed into a tree.

In East Los Angeles another car rolled over the side of the freeway in Downey on Interstate 5. However no major injuries were reported in that accident.

And in Hollywood a pedestrian was injured in a two car crash and sent to the hospital. The accident happened late Friday at Hollywood and Highland.

The two drivers suffered minor injuries but a young woman was pinned to a utility pole by one of the vehicles. She was taken to hospital. Her condition is unknown. Investigators are trying to determine whether the rain played a part in that accident.

Not too far away in Bel Air a 50-foot-tall pine tree came down and blocked all lanes of traffic along Sunset Boulevard.

It happened near the UCLA campus between Bellagio Drive and Groverton Place. LAPD officers shut down a half-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard. There was no word of any serious property damage.

Traffic was also slowed in San Pedro where part of a hillside came down.

The slide happened around 11:30 p.m. Friday near West 25th Street and Mermaid Drive. Mud and debris flowed into the street, pushing back concrete barriers and slowing down traffic.

The mud got up to about 2-feet deep in places. There are no reports of any injuries or damage to any homes.

If that wasn't enough, the soggy weather played a role in bringing down another tree, this time in La Puente. The tree crashed right into a house.

Firefighters were responding to a broken water main in the 15400 block of East Giordano Street.

While they were working the pine tree fell onto a nearby house right in front of them. Two residents ran out of the home.

No one was injured but a witness said it was definitely a close call.

"I was standing right here and I just heard this big sound like a crack and the tree went that way and hit the corner of the house and broke the main line of the pipe and water started coming out. And my friend was right here standing and he almost got hit by the tree," said Jimmy Navarro.

Officials believe the water main break may have further loosened the saturated soil, causing the tree to fall.

Massive flooding caused the CHP to close part of the 710 Freeway in both directions in Willow Street. Drivers are being advised to take alternate routes. There is no word on when the freeway will be reopened.


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