2 big rig wrecks snarl traffic in the Newhall Pass

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NEWHALL (CNS) – Nine big rigs collided Tuesday morning in two separate crashes on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway truck route connector from the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in the Newhall Pass, and authorities said one driver was trapped.

The first of the crashes was reported at 3:07 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Martin. The initial crash involved four trucks, and a subsequent crash, which occurred inside a tunnel, involved five big rigs, according to reports from the scene.

The roads were reported to be slippery at the time of the collisions, possibly because of light rain.

More than two-and-a-half hours after the crash, firefighters were still working to free the trapped driver, said Robert Diaz, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. He was finally extricated around 6 a.m.

“Initial reports came out that approximately 400 gallons of fuel spilled, but it was determined that it was not a hazmat situation,” said CHP Officer Anthony Martin. “It must have been a lot less fuel than that.”

The southbound truck route was closed at the scene of the crash, according tothe CHP. There was no immediate word on when it would reopen.

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