ANTELOPE VALLEY – Lancaster resident Fred Jackson, 50, was among the injured drivers taken to Antelope Valley Hospital after a 19-vehicle pileup on the Antelope Valley Freeway Tuesday morning, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The incident happened around 9:40 a.m. on SR-14 (Antelope Valley Freeway), just south of Escondido Canyon Road.
A CHP motor officer stopped all southbound traffic to remove a traffic hazard and was removing debris from the roadway when the collision occurred.
Darwin Martinez, 25, was driving a big-rig truck southbound in the No. 3 lane at an unsafe speed for conditions when he failed to avoid stopped traffic, the CHP report states.
The initial impact resulted in a chain reaction collision involving 19 vehicles; 17 individuals sustained injuries, the report states.
Victims that required further evaluation were transported to local hospitals.
All lanes of southbound SR-14 at the location were closed for approximately four and a half hours, according to the CHP report.
View video of the vehicle pile-up above, courtesy of NBC Los Angeles.