Crashes snarl traffic on rain-slickened freeways

An overturned big rig forced the closure of eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway transition road to the northbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway early Thursday, officials said.
The crash was reported about 7:50 a.m. on the transition road in an unincorporated county area near Industry, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The big rig jackknifed, blocking all lanes, according to CHP Officer Ed Jacobs. Officials issued a Sig Alert that was expected to remain in effect through 1 p.m. as workers repaired a damaged section of guardrail..
CHP logs indicated a second collision occurred at the same location, involving three cars and no injuries.
The crash on the connector road between the 60 and 605 Freeway was only one of many obstacles commuters faced on Los Angeles County’s rain-slickened freeways early Thursday.
Another jackknifed big rig prompted the closure of the connector road connecting the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway to the westbound 210, where it forks with the Ventura (134) Freeway in Pasadena, shortly before 6:30 a.m., CHP officials said.
That crash, which resulted in minor injuries, blocked traffic for more than an hour and a half.
Further to the south on the Ventura (134) Freeway, a person was killed and two others injured in a Toluca Lake crash reported at 4:43 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. That wreck happened on the westbound 134 freeway at Cahuenga Boulevard.
Two hours earlier, a jackknifed big rig on the 5 freeway north of Colorado Street near Griffith Park closed all lanes until 7:45 a.m., according to the CHP.
More than five times more traffic collisions were handled by the CHP in Los Angeles County Thursday morning between 12:01 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. increased five-fold Thursday, compared with statistics from one week earlier when it was not raining, officials said. CHP officers responded to 188 collisions Thursday morning, up from 36 on the morning of Nov. 22.

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