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Wet weather blamed for L.A. traffic tie-ups

October 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The wet weather was to blame for the traffic tie-ups across the Southland on Wednesday morning. In L.A. County alone, the California Highway Patrol reported 135 crashes between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m.Officials said that number is about double the normal amount.

The morning commute was messy, from the Newhall Pass to the South Bay.

"They drive fast, they stop, they get people into accidents, I mean, it's crazy," said driver Ramone Hermosillo.

An overturned big rig caused major delays on the southbound 5 Freeway at the 405 Freeway in the Mission Hills area.

The accident, reported at about 6:15 a.m., closed four southbound lanes. The big rig also broke through the center divider, closing the carpool lane on the northbound 5 Freeway.

No injuries were reported from the crash.

A big rig jackknifed on the westbound 105 Freeway connector to the 710 Freeway at 2:17 a.m. The accident shut down the connector road for several hours.

The driver was rushed to a local hospital and was expected to survive.

Caltrans crews repaired the damaged guardrail, and an oil spill also had to be cleaned.

"The road conditions are going to continue to be a little bit slippery, a little wet out there, just a reminder for everyone to slow down and be a little cautious," said CHP Officer Robert Mayday.

Slowing down is always the first thing authorities recommend. Drivers should also put more space between them and the cars in front of them.

Make sure your car is in good working condition, especially your windshield wipers and tires.


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