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Accidents multiply on slick Southland roads

April 5, 2010 12:27:41 AM PDT
Drivers are warned to slow down due to slippery roads as steady rain falls over the Southland on Monday.There were 10 accidents in L.A. County freeways just before midnight, according to the California Highway Patrol, but as the storm intensified, so did conditions on the road. Between midnight and 4 a.m., the CHP reports 35 collisions on major highways in L.A. County, which is more than twice the number for a similar night when it's dry.

It doesn't take a lot of rain to create some treacherous conditions on Southern California freeways. The CHP said there were 50 collisions between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., which is 7 times more than a normal morning.

In the city of Hawthorne, a driver lost control on the slick road, slamming into a utility pole just after midnight. One person was killed and another person was rushed to a hospital.

The accident happened a few hours after rainfall began.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the burn areas, then extended it as the stubborn storm persisted through the morning. K-rails have been bolted down to the ground to defend homes against whatever may flow from the foothills.

Monica Dalmayer of La Crescenta said she didn't expect the downpour.

"They said it was going to be light," she said.