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January 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A long stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County was closed in both directions Friday morning after two large boulders tumbled onto the road, authorities said. The boulders,  each the size of a "small VW," fell at about 3:30 a.m. in the area between Camino Capistrano and Dana Point Harbor Drive, blocking northbound and southbound traffic, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Passalaqua said the roadway likely wouldn't be clear until at least 7 a.m. A Sigalert was issued at 5:24 a.m. Officials recommended taking the 5 Freeway north, where traffic was flowing smoothly, as an alternative.
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January 27, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Teresa Watanabe
A man killed in a midday crash Sunday that closed Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours has been identified as 29-year-old Erik Valencia. Valencia, of Irvine, was “a passenger in an out-of-control auto versus truck traffic accident,” according to a statement from the Orange County coroner's office. The collision involved five vehicles along the four-lane highway at Irvine Cove Drive, according to a statement by the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a head-on collision at 1:34 p.m., and the road was closed in both directions for several hours.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Authorities have identified a pedestrian who died after being struck by two cars Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway near Huntington State Beach. The victim was Matthew Aguilar, 28, of Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner's office. Aguilar was walking in the road near Brookhurst Street around 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he was hit by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS, Huntington Beach police said. A second car then struck Aguilar. The driver of the Cadillac, a 55-year-old Huntington Beach man, was interviewed and released, police said.
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January 14, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Traffic on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades was snarled Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled a brush fire in the dry hillsides overlooking the Pacific. About 150 firefighters were attacking the blaze near Chataqua Boulevard and Channel Road, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. About two acres had been scorched. Northbound lanes on PCH were closed in the area, backing up traffic, officials said. Southbound traffic was snarled as flames burned into the sky and smoke drifted across the ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Martha Groves
A dead seal continues to stink up Pacific Coast Highway and its nearby Malibu beachfront as officials have spent days working out exactly what to do with it.   Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said the agency was told Tuesday that a dead seal had been dragged onto a storm drain near the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road. Wonder said the agency was informed Wednesday that is was illegal to remove a dead animal and that they needed to first contact the California Academy of Sciences Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
One person was killed and five others injured in a midday crash Sunday that closed Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours, police said. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a head-on collision at 1:34 p.m. involving five vehicles along the four-lane highway at Irvine Cove Drive, according to a statement by the Laguna Beach Police Department. Laguna Beach police Capt. Jason Kravetz told KNBC-TV that a driver was heading north on the highway when he crashed into another car in his lane.
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February 22, 1986
Another mud slide temporarily closed Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu area Friday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol reported. Traffic was halted in both directions between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Las Flores Canyon Road to all but residents at about 3:30 p.m., but was allowed to resume four hours later. The same section of the highway was closed off and on during heavy rains earlier in the week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1994
It's a given that the wheels of politics and progress move slowly, unless of course you live in south Orange County, where they don't move at all. Case in point, that closed stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that remains buried in dirt from last winter's mudslide. Any child that has ever played with a Tonka truck knows that with a dump truck, some initiative, and perhaps a little common sense, this problem on PCH could be resolved in a day. What are we waiting for--the one-year anniversary of its closure?
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December 4, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Motorists are being asked to avoid Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu for much of Wednesday as crews fasten a rock fence along slopes overlooking the road. Caltrans hired Santa Maria-based AIS Construction to complete the $4.75-million project's second phase, requiring a helicopter to lift the 1,700-foot fence for installation, said Patrick Chandler, a Caltrans spokesman. The work is scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. along Las Posas Road and north of Deer Creek Road in Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1998
As a 42-year veteran of the Pacific Coast Highway, I believe I have seen it all ("The Perils of PCH," May 22). One reason for its poor safety is the multiuse PCH receives. Residents on the way to the market mingling with beach-goers, surfers, students and intrepid commuters make for multi-objective drivers with disastrous results. During similar PCH closures in the El Nino of 1982, Caltrans instituted an ocean ferry service between Santa Monica and Malibu. Only lasting a few days, it may be an idea whose time has come.
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January 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point that was closed in both directions during the Friday morning commute was reopened shortly before 10:30 a.m., authorities said. At least two large boulders, each described as being the size of a "small VW," fell at about 3:30 a.m. in the area between Camino Capistrano and Dana Point Harbor Drive, blocking the roadway, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Crews worked throughout the morning to remove the debris while commuters were pushed onto alternate routes, such as the 5 Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A long stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County was closed in both directions Friday morning after two large boulders tumbled onto the road, authorities said. The boulders,  each the size of a "small VW," fell at about 3:30 a.m. in the area between Camino Capistrano and Dana Point Harbor Drive, blocking northbound and southbound traffic, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Passalaqua said the roadway likely wouldn't be clear until at least 7 a.m. A Sigalert was issued at 5:24 a.m. Officials recommended taking the 5 Freeway north, where traffic was flowing smoothly, as an alternative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Authorities have identified a pedestrian who died after being struck by two cars Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway near Huntington State Beach. The victim was Matthew Aguilar, 28, of Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner's office. Aguilar was walking in the road near Brookhurst Street around 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he was hit by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS, Huntington Beach police said. A second car then struck Aguilar. The driver of the Cadillac, a 55-year-old Huntington Beach man, was interviewed and released, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Motorists are being asked to avoid Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu for much of Wednesday as crews fasten a rock fence along slopes overlooking the road. Caltrans hired Santa Maria-based AIS Construction to complete the $4.75-million project's second phase, requiring a helicopter to lift the 1,700-foot fence for installation, said Patrick Chandler, a Caltrans spokesman. The work is scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. along Las Posas Road and north of Deer Creek Road in Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A passenger in a stolen car died in Long Beach on Sunday night after a police pursuit that ended on California 103 with the car veering down an embankment, the Long Beach Police Department said. Officers spotted the stolen vehicle about 7 p.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Avenue, Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said in an email. The driver refused to pull over and fled westbound on PCH. He attempted to get on the southbound 103 but lost control. The passenger died at the scene, while the driver fled on foot and was taken into custody a short distance away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See note below for details. All northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu were shut down during the the Tuesday evening rush hour after a fatal traffic accident. The closure was about a mile north of Kanan Dume Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A department watch commander said investigators were responding to the scene and that it was unclear how long the lanes would be closed. There were no immediate details on whether any other people were injured.
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October 10, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Officers scoured the Ventura County coast Friday looking for a gunshot victim and arrested a 58-year-old Oxnard man for allegedly shooting the man, dumping his body along Pacific Coast Highway and attempting to elude police in an early-morning chase. The bizarre case began shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, when CHP officers attempted to stop a pickup truck after the driver ran a stop sign near Camarillo Springs Road and Adohr Lane. A woman jumped out of the cab of the truck and ran to officers screaming for help, said Eric Buschow, a Ventura County sheriff's detective.
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August 25, 2009
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October 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The California Highway Patrol is telling morning commuters to avoid Pacific Coast Highway near Topanga Wednesday morning after a woman was critically injured in an accident. All eastbound and westbound traffic near Coastline Drive was expected to be closed until about 7 a.m., CHP officials said, as authorities investigate the crash. Eastbound traffic on PCH was being diverted north on Topanga Canyon Road, with westbound PCH traffic diverted onto Sunset Boulevard. “Just avoid it,” said CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy.
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