Multi-vehicle crash shuts down Antelope Valley 14 Freeway
17 injured, 2 critically
AGUA DULCE, Calif.—Seventeen people were injured today, two critically, in a multi-vehicle crash involving a big rig on the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near Agua Dulce.
The chain-reaction collision north of Escondido Canyon Road forced the closure of all southbound lanes and two northbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.
“At about 9:40 this morning, our units were responding to a traffic hazard,” CHP Sgt. Rick Miler told KCAL9 from the crash site. “There was a bunch of pipes in the roadway. We had slowed traffic to clear the lanes. We had traffic stopped behind us, and this big rig that you see came around the corner, was unable to stop in time and started a chain-reaction collision involving 19 vehicles.”
The big rig was being driven by Darwin Martinez, 25, of Los Angeles, according to the CHP.
“Martinez was travelling southbound in the number three lane at an unsafe speed for conditions and failed to avoid stopped traffic,” according to the CHP.
It was not immediately clear if Martinez was cited.
The freeway closure, which caused a miles-long backup, lasted until about 2 p.m., when all freeway lanes were reopened.
The big rig was hauling some type of sand or dirt. At least two of the vehicles involved in the chain-reaction crash ended up on top of other vehicles. Fire officials said at least one motorist had to be extricated from the wreckage.
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The five-year economic downturn saw much of the area’s the job losses come from the construction industry and retail sales. At the beginning of the year, Lancaster had an unemployment rate of 14.4 percent while Palmdale fared better at 11.1 percent. In 2008 the two cities lost a little fewer than 1,000 jobs combined, according to a 2009 report.
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One study, conducted by the Center for the Study of Immigration at the University of Southern California, shows that if the estimated 8.5 million lawful permanent residents became U.S. citizens, their earnings alone over the next decade would generate somewhere between $21 to $45 billion.
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