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Cajon Pass: At least 17 people injured in a vehicle accident on SB 15 Freeway



CAJON PASS, California (KABC) –

Firefighters cared for at least 17 injured people on Wednesday after a vehicle accident on the foggy, southbound 15 freeway at the Cajon Pass.

In a tweet just after 11:15 am Wednesday, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said that the three-alarm, main accident between Oak Hills and Highway 138 has occurred.

Firefighters originally stated in the tweet that paramedics examined 27 people. In a follow-up tweet 15 minutes later, the fire department updated the number of casualties to 17, many respondents said rejected treatment. Two people were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries

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California Highway Patrol officials said two cars crashed on the Southbound 15 Freeway at about 10 am , and with it began a chain reaction wreck with 20 to 30 other vehicles. Heavy fog and limited visibility in the area contributed to the accumulation, authorities said.

The drivers of the accident said they had tried to avoid collisions with other vehicles.

"I looked out the driver's window and noticed that there were two or three overturned cars, and then the guy behind me hit me, so he pushed me in front of me to the car and it broke my radiator," said Hesperia Resident Nicole Taylor.

The incident prompted the conclusion of all-weather driving lanes for about two hours

D & S Sean Fisher and his sister were on their way to a high school graduation ceremony during the traffic jam. The two were to stop until ABC7 photographer Martin Orozco alerted CHP. The officers then took action by taking the teens with them.

All lanes were reopened at 1.30 pm

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