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The morning rainstorm that doused the Southland created chaos on roads and freeways Tuesday, snarling rush-hour traffic.

“We have certainly seen an real increase in crashes on area freeways,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. “There’s been a lot of spinouts, overturned vehicles, jackknifed trucks and fender benders”

In Granada Hills, a big rig truck jackknifed on the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway at Hayvenhurst around 3:15 a.m. and was blocked the Numbers 3, 4, and 5 lanes, Villalobos said. There were no reports of injuries. A SigAlert was declared at 3:33 a.m. but the roadway was cleared at 5:35 a.m., according to the CHP.

At 6:39 a.m., there was roadway flooding along the Long Beach (710) Freeway, near Gage Avenue in Bell, according to the CHP. At one point all lanes of traffic — north and south — were closed.

At 9 a.m., the one and two lanes of the southbound freeway were opened, yet all northbound lanes remain closed.

Another SigAlert was declared on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway at Stadium Way in the Echo Park area when a big rig crashed and jackknifed around 3:25 a.m., leaving the Numbers 1, 2, and 3 lanes blocked, Villalobos said. The accident caused at least one serious injury. The accident site was cleared at 5:40 a.m. and a SigAlert was cancelled.

Another crash, which happened around 3:30 a.m. and involved a McDonalds big rig delivery truck, left the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway at the connector road between the 210 and the Ventura (134) Freeway completely blocked in Pasadena, Villalobos said.

The collision did not cause any injuries, but fire crews had to remove all of the cargo from the truck so it could be removed from the roadway.

—City News Service

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