Southern California

Christmas Day Pileup Closes 15 Freeway Between Southern California and Las Vegas

Drivers described a chaotic scene through an icy Cajon Pass northeast of Los Angeles

All lanes were closed on a major route from Southern California to Las Vegas early Christmas Day after a pileup in the Cajon Pass.

The northbound 15 Freeway was closed in the Hesperia area due to a crash involving at least 15 vehicles on the icy road. The crash was reported at about 6:30 a.m., just south of Oak Hill Road.

Ten people were injured, but details regarding their conditions were not immediately available.

Drivers described a chaotic scene on the freeway about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

"As soon as I hit the top of the hill, it was ice, black ice," Brian Bolik told the Victor Valley News Group. "I crashed and everyone else around me was crashing too. A car behind us went over the embankment and rolled."

Traffic was being diverted to Highway 138.

The road reopened at about 11 a.m.

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