Eight vehicles involved in a collision caused the closure of all northbound lanes of the 14 Freeway Monday according to California Highway Patrol.
The crash caused one of the vehicles to overturn during the rush hour as police scrambled to clean up the mess.
Los Angeles County Fire said the incident happened around 4:30 pm near the Escondido Canyon Road exit. Authorities say the crash was caused by a pickup travelling the wrong way. Police say the driver who is in his 40s or 50s was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The pickup was travelling northbound on the 14 Freeway and travelled a mile before hitting another vehicle head-on. The crash triggered a massive pile-up. One of the cars involved in the incident had a pole thrust through its window.
Another person was trapped in his vehicle and rescue crew had to extract him using heavy machinery. The crash caused 12 people to be injured, three of whom suffered serious injuries. Three other people refused treatment.
CHP Officer John Lutz said, “Obviously, we want to make this as safe as we can for the motoring public and, truthfully, our hearts go out to those who were involved in the collision, and their families. We want to assure them that the Highway Patrol is doing everything they can to piece this puzzle together and to make sure that all the facts get out.”
Police had already performed a drug and alcohol test on the pickup truck driver. They expect results in a few days.
The collision caused debris to be strewn on all southbound lanes. It caused traffic for miles and left thousands of commuters stranded.
Lanes were later reopened at around 7:50 pm.
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