31 March 2010

On the Skids in Carbon Canyon #4239

Thankfully, it had been a long while since a major traffic incident in Carbon Canyon, at least ones I knew about or of which I could see evidence.  There was a road closure at the S-curve on the Chino Hills side on a late morning back in February, but, otherwise, a quiet year since the first days of January.

Today, however, at about 5:30 a.m., the highway was closed at the lower part of eastbound section of the same S-curve when a car plowed through the guardrail and tumbled down the slope below.  There were no skidmarks on the road, so the vehicle, which must have been traveling at a high rate of speed for that curvy area, wound up quite a distance from the road and debris was scattered throughout.

Meanwhile, enough cannot be said about the rapid response of CalTrans District 8.  I went through and took the photographs seen here at about 8:45 a.m.  By the end of the day, the guardrail was already replaced and it looked like nothing had ever happened. 

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