Rain slicked roads cause multiple crashes on SoCal freeways

The storm moving into Southern California left roadways slick, causing multiple accidents and snarling traffic for the Thursday morning commute.

One crash, reported around 2:15 a.m. Thursday on the 134 Freeway, led to a semi-truck crashing into a guardrail and careening down an embankment near Eagle Rock.

The driver of a big rig said he was traveling on the eastbound side of the freeway when a gray Nissan sedan carrying a man and a woman lost control and hit the semi-truck.

The big rig driver said this led to a chain reaction, causing him to lose control. The big rig crashed into a guard rail and went down an embankment.

The two passengers in the Nissan were taken to a hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.

While the cause of the crash remained under investigation, officials noted that the slick roadways due to rain may have been a factor.

Meanwhile on the 101 Freeway in the Hollywood Hills area, another big rig crash was reported on the northbound side.

The semi-truck erupted into flames, and the driver was injured.

According to an National Weather Service statement, the heaviest rain was expected in Orange County and inland areas late Thursday morning.

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