GORMAN, Calif. (AP) – A multi-car pileup in the Grapevine stretch of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles killed two people, injured nine others and created a mile-long traffic jam early Tuesday on the vital route between Southern California and the Central Valley, authorities said.
At least three cars collided around 5 a.m., closing all southbound lanes while helicopters landed to take away the injured. Two people were killed, said California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez.
Four people were taken to hospitals in critical condition and five others received minor injuries, Los Angeles County fire officials said.
The identities and conditions of the injured were not immediately released. However, television news reports showed a child strapped to a gurney being rolled from a helicopter into a Los Angeles-area hospital.
All southbound lanes in the Gorman area were closed for more than two hours, creating a mile-long traffic jam before a lane reopened and cars began creeping through.
Details of the crash were not immediately available and the cause of the crash remained under investigation, Rodriguez said.
Interstate 5, one of the state’s major north-south corridors, carries a heavy mix of truck and car traffic over a high mountain pass about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.