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90 vehicles stranded on muddy Angeles Crest Highway

December 12, 2009|By Tony Barboza and Rong-Gong Lin II | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Firefighters worked today to rescue people from 90 vehicles stuck in the mud along a 12-mile stretch of Angeles Crest Highway as the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the Station fire burn area in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Local law enforcement officials reported flash flooding with mud and debris flow on Angeles Crest Highway about eight miles north of the 210 Freeway.

At 3:15 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of scattered vehicles caught in mud flows between mile markers 27 and 39 on the highway, said Capt. Frank Reynoso of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The road was closed earlier as a rainstorm bore down on the area, but some motorists made it through just before mud descended from the wildfire-denuded mountains, making stretches of the highway impassable.

"We are in process of completely sealing it off," Reynoso said. No injuries had been reported.

Eighty-five firefighters were dispatched to the stuck vehicles while law enforcement officials directed traffic away from the area, Reynoso said.

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