PALMDALE – Drivers of two vehicles were critically injured and three teenage girls in a third auto escaped with minor injuries when the three cars collided Wednesday morning on the Antelope Valley Freeway. Southbound commuter traffic backed up for miles while firefighters worked more than 45 minutes to free the driver of a GMC Jimmy sport utility vehicle that ended up wedged against a concrete traffic barrier and on top of the girls’ Toyota sedan. Authorities said the driver of a Honda Accord – Davis Urenacorado, 28, of Palmdale – apparently lost control of the car and caused the crash. The Honda was torn in half and the driver partially thrown out. Paulette Solomon, 34, of Lancaster, the SUV’s driver, and Urenacorado were flown out by helicopter to hospitals – she to UCLA Medical Center and he to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. Fire Inspector Jason Hurd said both were critically injured. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Toyota’s three occupants went to local hospitals, firefighters said. The driver was a 17-year-old from Lancaster and her passengers were 16-year-olds from Lancaster and Palmdale. Their car held together well and their injuries appeared minor, according to California Highway Patrol officials, who did not release their names because the girls are minors. Observers called it remarkable that all people in the crash survived. “It’s pretty miraculous, if you look at it,” CHP Sgt. Tom Lackey said. Nearly 20 Los Angeles County firefighters, including an urban search and rescue team from Lancaster, freed Solomon by cutting open the SUV’s wreckage and carrying her out to a helicopter that landed on the closed freeway. Urenacorado’s Honda was cut in half from hitting a concrete barrier in place for a freeway-widening project. The Honda’s rear seat and back axle were torn off from the front half of the car. Urenacorado’s Honda was traveling south at 55 to 65 mph around 7:30 a.m. when it went out of control for no apparent reason, CHP officers said. Near Vista Point, south of Avenue S, the out-of-control Honda swerved left and into the girls’ Toyota, which was in the middle lane, CHP officers said. The impact forced the Toyota into the fast lane, where it collided with the SUV. All three vehicles then hit the concrete barriers in the center of the freeway, CHP officers said. Vehicle debris that flew over the median hit a northbound van, cracking its windshield. The van driver, an Agua Dulce woman, was not hurt. Southbound traffic backed up more than four miles on the freeway because of the crash. Motorists trying to avoid the traffic jam also clogged Sierra Highway and Pearblossom Highway south of Palmdale. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mayor Ian McGarvey and County Manager Seamus Neely sign up for the North West 10K.The Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ian McGarvey and the County Manager Seamus Neely were the first two people to register for the North West 10k during Monday’s Council meeting in Lifford.But they certainly won’t be the last!In fact, organisers are estimating than more than 2,000 people will be taking to the roads of Letterkenny for the popular annual fun run/walk. Donegal Daily is once again sponsoring the event along with Brian McCormick Sports.But anyone looking for the cool running t-shirts which come free with entry are advised to sign up because they are going quickly!With huge crowds expected for the North West 10k the committee is encouraging as many people as possible to pre-enter at Letterkenny Community Centre. A Portacabin office will be open beside the Centre from 5 to 7pm tonight, Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd while it will be 3 – 6pm on Saturday afternoon.Sponsorship cards are still available from the Letterkenny Chamber to support the two main benefiting charities the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Committee. A number of other associated charities will also benefit by their association with the North West 10k. The Chamber office is located at Grand Central Complex, Canal Road opposite the Retail Park (tel number 9124866.A traffic management plan will be in place on the day. There will be some disruption to traffic for a period in the afternoon so motorists and the general public are asked to be patient and cooperate with the instructions of the Gardai and stewards. For further details go to www.northwest10k.com COUNTDOWN CONTINUES AS ORGANISERS EXPECT HUGE CROWD FOR NORTH WEST 10K was last modified: May 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyNorth West 10k