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Rainy day brings triple the number of crashes

February 17, 2011 12:39:36 AM PST
The rain was blamed for causing dozens of accidents. The California Highway Patrol said there were three times as many crashes reported during rush hour on Wednesday as there were on a dry Wednesday a week ago.

At 37th Street and Western Avenue in Los Angeles, a driver apparently rear-ended a police car, sending two police officers and a suspect the officers had in custody to the hospital. The victims' injuries were not life threatening.

As the wet, slick roads continue to make driving treacherous, the AAA dispatch center for roadside assistance brought in extra manpower to take in calls from customers in trouble. AAA officials say they've taken in an average amount of calls for accidents despite the rain, but when it comes to other rain-related roadside problems, it's a different story.

Jeff Spring of the Auto Club said they received a number of calls for dead batteries and flat tires. Spring said on a normal day, they receive 12,000 to 5,000 calls a day.

But on Wednesday, the center got about 10,000 calls by 3 p.m., and they still had about nine hours left in the day.