HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Slick roads may be to blame for chain-reaction crashes on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood early Friday morning.
It all started with a solo-vehicle accident around 12:20 a.m., followed by five subsequent crashes, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A six-week-old infant and seven other people were taken to local hospitals, including one man who was in critical condition.
“One of the traffic collisions, one of the passengers got out and that person was subsequently struck by one of the other vehicles,” CHP Sgt. Richard Matthews said.
“So in total we have six traffic collisions that were all in a short period of time. There were approximately 16 vehicles and that one pedestrian.”
The freeway was shut down completely for a time, but the sigalert was lifted around 2:20 a.m.
According to CHP officials, it’s not believed that alcohol was a factor in any of the crashes, and none of the drivers is expected to face charges.
Elsewhere, a driver had to be extricated from her car after slamming into the back of a big rig on the eastbound 10 Freeway just before the East L.A. Interchange.
Drivers are being warned to take things slowly, as periods of rain are expected again on Friday and continuing through early Saturday morning.
The most widespread rain will likely be on Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Another low pressure system will pass through the area Saturday night into Sunday resulting in further cooling, but little in the way of rain.
Cool and dry weather is likely early next week, with some warming possible by mid-week, the NWS said.