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The scene of a multiple fatality accident on southbound Interstate 5, just south of Gorman this morning. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]
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Southbound traffic was backed up for miles, reaching beyond Gorman School Road. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]
ALL-CLEAR UPDATE GORMAN, CA / the GRAPEVINE (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 11:19 a.m.)—The CHP has just issued an "all lanes open" alert. The southbound I-5 is open and traffic is flowing again. Details about the accident will be included in the upcoming issue of The Mountain Enterprise.
DETOUR UPDATE GORMAN, CA / the GRAPEVINE (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.)—The only detour around the accident scene is: Southbound I-5, off at Gorman exit, turn left to Gorman Post Road, turn right and go three miles to Highway 138, turn right and connect with I-5 south toward Los Angeles. Thank you to Sybil Chester for the update.
UPDATE GORMAN, CA / the GRAPEVINE (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.)—Reporter for The Mountain Enterprise Gary Meyer said the scene is "horrific." The traffic back-up continues. More details will be posted shortly, with photos.
UPDATE GORMAN, CA / the GRAPEVINE (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.)—Community reporter Scott Robinson of Pine Mountain, who works at Los Angeles Fire Station 77 in Gorman, writes: "Just a bit more info after talking with one of the guys at the station… apparently it was 5 vehicles involved, including a semi truck. We had 2 airships from the county and 2 paramedic squads, a paramedic patrol plus Kern E-56."
Thanks to community reporters, including Pamela Plouffe, who are starting to submit reports. If you have photos or updates, please send them to our breaking news box (see hot link at top left of this page) or to 661-245-NEWS (6397). Send photos to Editor@MountainEnterprise.com.
UPDATE GORMAN, CA / the GRAPEVINE (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.)—CHP Officer Townsend of the Fort Tejon CHP office predicts that it will be about 2 more hours before the lanes are fully open on the southbound Interstate 5 Grapevine area at Highway 138. A fatal crash involving multiple vehicles and possibly three deaths occurred at about 6 a.m. this morning. Cars are being allowed to pass slowly on the shoulder.
We will report here when the coroner’s investigation and clean-up have been completed.
GORMAN, CA / the GRAPEVINE (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 6 a.m.)— A fatal crash involving possibly three deaths and multiple vehicles has closed southbound I-5 at the Highway 138 for investigation, according to a California Highway Patrol alert. We will report here when the coroner’s investigation and clean-up have been completed.
This is part of the August 31, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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