All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway in Gorman were reopened Saturday night after a fiery multi-vehicle crash forced the closure of the roads for about four hours, clogging weekend traffic for miles, authorities said.
The freeway was reopened shortly before 7 p.m., according to the California Department of Transportation.
Several people were injured in the pileup that occurred about 3 p.m. about two miles south of Gorman School Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. About 30 vehicles were involved.
Some pictures and videos posted on Twitter showed two vehicles on fire and at least a dozen cars severely damaged. Several ambulances and firetrucks were dispatched to the scene.
More than two dozen people suffered injuries, according to the Fire Department. About a dozen people were transported to local hospitals, one in critical condition. One child was taken by helicopter to Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
All southbound lanes of the freeway were shut down while injured people were cared for and the wreckage was cleared, officials said. Emergency personnel from neighboring Kern and Ventura counties were also on the scene.