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Wednesday

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High: 81 °F
Low: 60 °F

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Friday

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Semi-Truck Crash Snarls Freeway

Traffic on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 was backed up and nearly brought to a standstill Friday afternoon when two semi-trucks collided near Gavin Canyon, sending one of the drivers to the hospital. In addition to the two tractor tailors, a late model Ford carrying three passengers was involved, though none were seriously injured. The accident occurred about 12:25 p.m. and was due in part to the rain and wet road, said Officer Wendy Hahn of the California Highway Patrol. Close to Gavin Canyon, a Volvo semi-truck was traveling in the No. 4 lane at about 50 mph when it moved left into the No. 3 lane, colliding with a Kenworth semi-truck, Hahn said. “For unknown reasons, the Volvo moved left and collided with the Kenworth,” Hahn said. “This caused the Kenworth to be pushed across the lanes, colliding with the right side of the Ford.” The driver of the Volvo, Crescencio Villanueva, 38, was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor lacerations to the head. The driver of the Kenworth, Daniel Gomez, 30, was uninjured. The driver and one passenger of the Ford, Stephen Moore and Laticia Chong, both 44, were taken to Henry Mayo with minor injuries. The other occupant of the vehicle, a 3-year-old girl who was strapped into a car seat, sustained no injuries, Hahn said. The three left lanes of I-5 were closed from about 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. clogging traffic for several miles. “They started the Sigalert at about 12:40 (p.m.) and ended it at 3:37 (p.m.),” Hahn said. The accident was cleared and all lanes were open by about 3:30 p.m., though traffic was expected to remain congested throughout the evening, Hahn said. Though the rain and wet roads were certainly suspected as contributing factors, CHP Sgt. Jorge Martinez did not deny that speed might have also played a part.

 “These things happen every time it rains,” Martinez said. “Folks just need to slow down.”
 
This story can be found in today's Signal Newspaper.