Traffic Near Palmdale Snarled After Big Rig Slides Off 14 Freeway

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A big rig slid over the northbound side of the 14 Freeway in Palmdale early Friday — and other accidents including a fatality were reported — causing major traffic delays in the area, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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A big rig slipped over the side of the 14 Freeway in Lancaster on Dec. 27, 2019.

Freezing conditions were reported overnight, with black ice causing major trouble on the freeway. The  big rig went over the edge and down into a snow-covered embankment near Pearblossom Highway just before 7 a.m., the CHP said.

The reports of dangerous conditions started earlier when a fatal crash was reported just before 3 a.m., also on the north side of the freeway, south of Palmdale Boulevard, the CHP reported. A vehicle was found smashed under the back of a big rig, and traffic was diverted off at Avenue S for several hours while crews worked to investigate and clear the crash.

An official from the Los Angeles County Fire Department told KTLA a person who was trapped inside the car was extricated, but pronounced dead at the scene. The person's identity was not released.

Dashcam video showed multiple cars slipping and sliding all over the freeway, and one SUV even flipped onto its side.

"Luckily a guy in a trailer truck actually climbed up on the car and helped him out of their," Witness Kevin Diaz said. "He's got minor injuries and a couple of cuts, a couple of bruises but for the most part thank God he's in one piece and safe and sound."

Video from Sky 5 on Friday morning showed traffic backed up for miles on both sides of the freeway with many northbound lanes being blocked. Traffic was expected to be backed up for several hours.

Then, by late afternoon, all northbound lanes were blocked due to a collision north of Pearblossom Highway, CHP said.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra contributed to this story.

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