Deadly Malibu crash shuts down PCH

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MALIBU (CNS) – A head-on crash killed one person and forced the closure of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Saturday.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Arnold said the dead person was a juvenile who had been a passenger in an eastbound car that apparently crossed into westbound lanes. A head-on or broadside collision resulted, and one spinning car then hit a third vehicle.

The crash was at 8:10 a.m. today in an S-curve just east of the Los Angeles County fire battalion headquarters at Carbon Canyon Road. The vehicles came to rest at the western-most intersection of PCH and Rambla Pacifica, which intersects PCH twice.

There are no other roads along this section of the Malibu coast, and detoured traffic was either being routed to the Ventura (101) Freeway through Calabasas, or onto twisting backcountry mountain and canyon roads between Topanga and Malibu Canyon.

During the noon hour, PCH was closed to westbound through traffic at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, although westbound local traffic was allowed as far west as Las Flores Canyon Road.

Both eastbound and westbound traffic had a firm closure — no vehicles allowed — between Las Flores Canyon and Carbon Canyon roads.

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