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L.A. and rain: CHP says freeway crashes jumped 81% Thursday

L.A. and rain: CHP says freeway crashes jumped 81% Thursday
A big rig was involved in a solo crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway at Sierra Madre Boulevard early Thursday morning. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Crash data from the California Highway Patrol for Thursday confirmed what many drivers experienced during the clogged morning commute: L.A. and rain don't mix, sometimes with deadly effect.

There were nearly twice as many accidents on Los Angeles freeways during the rainstorm compared with the dry conditions of a week earlier, the California Highway Patrol said.

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CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy said there were 243 accidents reported between midnight and 6 p.m. Thursday compared with just 134 collisions during the same time period a week earlier when the freeways were dry -- an 81% increase.

Among the crashes Thursday were two fatal wrecks in Pasadena.

There was a similar spike in crashes last month during the first rains of the season. When it rained overnight between Oct. 9 and 10, the CHP recorded 404 accidents in a 24-hour period, a 55% increase from the same period a week earlier, when the roads were dry.

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