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Impatient Snowbound Motorist Injures Caltrans Worker

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Trucks parked along south-bound Interstate 15 at Roy Rogers Drive waited until roads could be cleared on yesterday in Victorville (AP Photo/The Sun, Eric Reed)

There's one in every crowd. Yesterday one of the thousands of motorists stranded on the southbound side of the Grapevine repeatedly rammed into a barricade injuring a Caltrans worker before driving away starting a police chase, the Daily Newsreported. Fortunately, the worker only "suffered minor injuries. The driver was chased into Los Angeles County and arrested by CHP officers on suspicion of hit-and-run." It all happened at 10:10 am--approximately an hour before the road was re-opened--when the driver of a silver BMW hit the worker and fled the scene, according to a CHP report,

Strange storms this week that brought unexpected snowfalls to places like Malibu and Las Vegas also left thousands of cars stranded around Southern California. Wednesday night cars were backed up from Castaic to Valencia and even roads in Lancaster had to be snowplowed Thursday morning. Besides the Grapevine, the Antelope Valley freeway and the Cajon Pass were also closed down.

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Treacherous road conditions were responsible for at least one death when a motorist spun out on a patch of black ice and slid off the offramp into an embankment. Thursday afternoon the California Highway Patrol escorted the stranded motorists off the Grapevine.