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July 4, 1994 | HENRY CHU
Russia gave us perestroika. Norway (via Winston Churchill) introduced quisling into the English language. Now, Southern California has made its own contribution to the Oxford English Dictionary: SigAlert. Editors added the term to the reference manual last year, a toast to a region famous for its love affair with the automobile. According to the OED entry, a SigAlert is "a message broadcast on the radio giving warning of traffic congestion; a traffic jam."
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April 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed and five others injured in a multicar crash on the 5 Freeway in Orange County on Thursday morning that sent debris flying and shut down several traffic lanes. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes near the Jamboree Road exit in Irvine, according to the California Highway Patrol. At least four cars were involved in the wreck, which sent debris into the southbound lanes, temporarily blocking traffic, according to CHP logs. A Sigalert was issued and three northbound lanes were blocked indefinitely, officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters gained the upper hand Tuesday afternoon in their efforts to stop a brush fire near the 5 Freeway north of Castaic, but a Sigalert was issued and expected to last several hours, officials said. Crews on the ground were aided by an aggressive air attack that included three water-dropping helicopters and at least two air tankers, fire officials said. The blaze had burned about 25 acres. "It's looking really good right now," Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy told The Times.
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
All lanes of the 105 Freeway in Paramount have been closed in both directions as authorities respond to a man threatening to jump off an overcrossing. [Updated at 10:03 p.m.: All lanes have reopened, according to the California Highway Patrol. ] A SigAlert was issued around 6:30 p.m, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said. She added that it was not clear if transition roads to the nearby  710 Freeway are closed. She also said she did not know where traffic was being diverted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The California Highway Patrol declared a Sigalert on Wednesday on the eastbound 60 Freeway during rush hour as firefighters battled a small brush fire near Crossroads Parkway South in the City of Industry. Two lanes were closed on the busy artery, and it was unclear when they would reopen, the CHP said. Los Angeles County Fire Department crews battled the blaze and were conducting mop-up operations Wednesday afternoon, officials said. ALSO: Santa Monica 'very quiet city' despite shootings, police say UC Riverside student pleads not guilty in plot to kill ex-boyfriend Former grade school teacher accused of sexual relationship with student Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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October 27, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Both directions of the 710 Freeway in Commerce were closed Sunday morning after at least one big rig caught fire, the California Highway Patrol reported. A SigAlert was issued for the incident, which was reported at the Washington Boulevard offramp about 9:30 a.m., according to a CHP online log. There were conflicting reports about whether one or two semis were on fire. There were also reports that part of a big rig was hanging over the edge of the freeway. CHP Officer Monica Posada said details about the crash were not immediately available, but the online log reported that Los Angeles County firefighters were on the scene and working to douse the flames.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed and five others injured in a multicar crash on the 5 Freeway in Orange County on Thursday morning that sent debris flying and shut down several traffic lanes. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes near the Jamboree Road exit in Irvine, according to the California Highway Patrol. At least four cars were involved in the wreck, which sent debris into the southbound lanes, temporarily blocking traffic, according to CHP logs. A Sigalert was issued and three northbound lanes were blocked indefinitely, officials said.
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May 23, 1991 | JACK SMITH
I am sometimes applauded for my essays in behalf of good English, but I take no credit for saving it from vandalism. English is indestructible. It has become the language of the globe. It can be killed only by some global upheaval, the destruction of Western culture; it cannot be done in by barbarians hacking at its parts. If I sometimes point out what I consider doublespeak, gobbledygook, tautology or simply incorrect usage, I am not alarmed; merely amused.
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March 15, 1991 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A SigAlert was issued Thursday morning from the front seat of a white Cadillac stuck in a traffic jam on the southbound San Diego Freeway. Loyd Sigmon shook his head at the crush of cars inching along with him out of the San Fernando Valley and turned to his passenger in the back seat. "I'm not sure I'm going to forgive you for getting me into this ," Sigmon warned. "This traffic is miserable. I've just about had it." Sigmon, 81, had every right to issue the personal advisory.
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
All lanes of the 105 Freeway in Paramount have been closed in both directions as authorities respond to a man threatening to jump off an overcrossing. [Updated at 10:03 p.m.: All lanes have reopened, according to the California Highway Patrol. ] A SigAlert was issued around 6:30 p.m, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said. She added that it was not clear if transition roads to the nearby  710 Freeway are closed. She also said she did not know where traffic was being diverted.
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March 24, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Without any help from Winnie-the-Pooh, Caltrans is making quick work of a honey spill on the 605 Freeway. The California Highway Patrol reported that a truck carrying 42,000 pounds of honey overturned on the 605 Freeway near Valley Boulevard on Monday afternoon. TV footage shows a pool of honey flowing from the truck onto the shoulder of the freeway. Crews, however, made quick work of the honey. Originally, four lanes on the Northbound 605 were closed. But the CHP said three lanes have been reopened.
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March 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A pedestrian was struck and killed on the northbound 5 Freeway near Downey early Thursday, prompting officials to close three lanes of traffic and clogging the morning commute. The incident occurred south of the Rio Hondo River around 4:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol, but few details of the collision were immediately available, including the identity of the pedestrian. A SigAlert was issued about 4:30 a.m. after three lanes were shut down, backing up traffic to before the 605 Freeway.
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March 10, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A man trying to cross the southbound 405 Freeway in Irvine was hit by a car and killed Monday night. Officials of the Orange County Fire Authority say the accident occurred at 9:06 p.m. north of Lake Forest Drive. Arriving paramedics pronounced the 52-year-old man dead at 9:18 p.m. His name has not been released. A spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol said it was not immediately known why the man was trying to cross the freeway. Officers shut down southbound freeway traffic at Bake Parkway and issued a SigAlert.
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February 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Samantha Schaefer
A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed for a crash early Sunday that left six people dead and the driver in critical condition, authorities said.  The unidentified female driver was heading eastbound on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a.m. when her car collided with two other vehicles, authorities said.  Investigators "believe from what they found in the vehicle that...
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February 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A suspected drunk driver going in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar was traveling faster than 100 mph when she caused an accident early Sunday that killed six people, witnesses told the California Highway Patrol. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, has been arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony manslaughter, said Rodrigo Jimenez, a CHP spokesman. Culbreath is in serious but stable condition at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center with a broken femur and a ruptured bladder, Jimenez said.
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November 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed in separate crashes in Pasadena on Thursday morning as rain showers caused havoc across Southland freeways, the California Highway Patrol said. The eastbound 210 Freeway transition where it meets the 134 Freeway was closed until further notice, officials said, after a crash among three big rigs at midnight killed one person and sent two others to the hospital. Miles away, a solo big rig crash on the eastbound 210 at Sierra Madre Boulevard just before 3 a.m. blocked three lanes until further notice, said CHP Officer Alex Rubio.
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March 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A pedestrian was struck and killed on the northbound 5 Freeway near Downey early Thursday, prompting officials to close three lanes of traffic and clogging the morning commute. The incident occurred south of the Rio Hondo River around 4:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol, but few details of the collision were immediately available, including the identity of the pedestrian. A SigAlert was issued about 4:30 a.m. after three lanes were shut down, backing up traffic to before the 605 Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Samantha Schaefer
A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed for a crash early Sunday that left six people dead and the driver in critical condition, authorities said.  The unidentified female driver was heading eastbound on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a.m. when her car collided with two other vehicles, authorities said.  Investigators "believe from what they found in the vehicle that...
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November 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire burning in the Cajon Pass forced authorities to shut down two northbound lanes of the 15 Freeway during the Tuesday afternoon rush-hour commute. The blaze had burned about seven acres near Kenwood Avenue in the San Bernardino National Forest and was threatening homes, the U.S. Forest Service said. Traffic was baked up for miles to the 215 Freeway, officials said. The California Highway Patrol declared a SigAlert about 5 p.m. It was unclear how long the lanes would be closed.
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October 27, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Both directions of the 710 Freeway in Commerce were closed Sunday morning after at least one big rig caught fire, the California Highway Patrol reported. A SigAlert was issued for the incident, which was reported at the Washington Boulevard offramp about 9:30 a.m., according to a CHP online log. There were conflicting reports about whether one or two semis were on fire. There were also reports that part of a big rig was hanging over the edge of the freeway. CHP Officer Monica Posada said details about the crash were not immediately available, but the online log reported that Los Angeles County firefighters were on the scene and working to douse the flames.
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