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Rain sparks road mess, winds pick up in SoCal

November 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Rain made for a slick and dangerous Monday commute, but the wet weather took a backseat to high winds for parts of Southern California.In Bell, motorist Daniel Goodrum's sedan spun out of control and ended up sideways on the right lane of the southbound 710 Freeway around 2 a.m. Shortly after, the trailer of an empty oil tanker struck the car, pushing it further to the right.

Goodrum's car was then hit by another car that was hydroplaning.

"Me and the trucker were trying to slow the guy down, but no one was listening," said Goodrum.

"I couldn't really get out of the way without moving next to it so I just tried to brake which obviously didn't work out too well," said David Rockman, the driver of the other vehicle.

There were no serious injuries reported from these incidents.

Wet roads may have also caused a single-vehicle crash in South Los Angeles near Figueroa Street and Avenue 26.

Parts of Pasadena and North Hollywood also saw overnight rain, causing traffic delays.

"I think it's terrible. I drive 120 miles to work. My girlfriend is here in Pasadena, so it's just miserable," said San Diego resident Cory Clark.

According to the National Weather Service, overnight rain totals amounted to about .16 inches in downtown Los Angeles by the time showers ended around 10 a.m. West to northwest winds were forecasted to hit the Southland at around15 to 25 mph, with local gusts as strong as 30 mph in some areas.

City News Service contributed to this report.