A massive pileup on the Grapevine on Saturday left one horse dead and sent an infant to the hospital with major injuries.
According to CHP, it started at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, March 23, after initial reports of a property damage-only collision that happened just south of Gorman School Road on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, involving four to five vehicles
That crash caused a chain reaction slow down which then caused two other collisions, one of them involving up to a dozen vehicles.
Southbound lanes were shut down for several hours as crews worked all scenes.
An infant was transported to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles with major injuries in one of the collisions.
Another involved a truck pulling a horse trailer carrying three horses, killing one of them.
Two vehicles caught fire in a third collision. No one was hurt in that collision.
CHP said the pileup was a result of rapidly changing weather as rain and fog moved in.
CHP Sgt. Jess Mesa said visibility got down to about 400 feet.
“We had officers from the Fort Tejon area that had started pacing traffic to slow it, unfortunately they did not slow traffic in time,” he said.
“We still had people not adjusting their speed for the rapidly changing weather. We also had numerous vehicles that did not have headlights and taillight activated with the change in weather which also resulted in subsequent collision involved in this.”
In all, 25 to 30 vehicles were involved in the massive pileup. Fifteen people were taken to hospitals for minor to moderate injuries.