Brutal Backups: 188 Accidents on Freeways in 8 Hours

Slick road ways lead to scores of fender benders, a jack-knifed big rig and at least one fatal accident early Thursday.

About five times the normal number of crashes were reported on Los Angeles freeways during the light rain overnight, compared with the number on a morning of dry weather, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, there were 188 accidents, compared with 36 crashes during that time frame a week ago, when it did not rain, CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.

About 4:45 a.m., a person was killed and two others suffered minor injuries in a multi-vehicle collision on the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway near Cahuenga Boulevard in Toluca Lake. All but one westbound lane of the 134 Freeway was closed at Hollywood Way in Burbank, and the Hollywood Way onramp to the westbound side of the freeway was also closed, according to the CHP.

About 2:20 a.m., a big rig jackknifed on the Golden State (5) Freeway north of Colorado Street near Griffith Park, blocking all freeway lanes in both directions, CHP Officer Anthony Martin said.

About 6:25 a.m., the southbound 5 Freeway lanes were reopened, and the northbound lanes were reopened about an hour afterward. It was unclear if wet weather played a part in the wreck, but it was raining at the time of the crash.

Southern California will experience wet weather through Sunday night, National Weather Service forecasters said.


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