UPDATE: Crash Shuts Down Traffic On Ortega Highway

A SigAlert was issued at approximately 7:30 a.m.

UPDATE: As crews worked Tuesday morning to clear a crash (see below) on the Ortega Highway at Mile Marker 14, another crash was reported further west just a few hours later.

At approximately 9:20 a.m., a vehicle reportedly slammed into a wall on the Ortega near Mile Marker 13.

At press time, crews were still working the crash scene, but the road is open.

The extent of injuries is unknown.

ORIGINAL POST: A head-on crash on the Ortega Highway Tuesday morning has shut down traffic in both directions, according to the CHP.

The crash was reported shortly after 7 a.m. at Mile Marker 14 in Orange County.

A SigAlert was issued at approximately 7:30 a.m.

The extent of injuries is unknown.

Jay May 01, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Fast drivers cause accidents too, if your doing 55 - 60 mph around a blind turn and you run into the back of a slow driver it is your fault, accident caused by you. If you are a fast driver pasing a slow driver and you hit an oncomming car head on it is your fault, if you are driving too fast for road conditions and you loos controle in a turn and cause an accident, it is your fault... That being said, I drive ortega hwy twice a day and given road conditions and traffic my avrage speed is 45 - 50 mph, that is plenty fast for that road
Jay May 01, 2012 at 08:37 PM
One more thing, if you are driving on any road, and you are holing up the flow of traffic (more than 5 cares stacked up behind you) use the turn outs, it is the law
Stephanie Smith May 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I seriously doubt it Pickles. At the time of the wreck it was raining, the ground was slick and the area of the crash was a curved road. More likely one of the cars was driving too fast for the road conditions. I passed this wreck before the silver Audi was on the flatbed tow and it had damage to the front AND rear of the vehicle, usually signs of spinning out and hitting a wall or other vehicles. The other vehicle only had front end damage. While I'm all for driving a good pace over the Ortega, when it is raining the safe driver knows to slow down. California Basic Speed Law says no driver shall drive a vehicle faster than it is safe, regardless of posted speed limits.
Diana May 02, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Slow drivers, fast drivers..............how about safe drivers!!!!!!! If people would try to drive a bit more cautiously depending on traffic and road conditions maybe it would be safer for everyone. My Son drives this twice a day and every time there is a wreck I hold my breath and there sure has been alot of accidents lately.
Last Resort June 30, 2012 at 07:25 AM
I drive this road twice a day every day of the week. Way more accidents are caused by the slow drivers. I see it everyday. I followed a woman last week in a white Range Rover who never went over 30 MPH the whole way. Two others behind me passed us illegally, it was ridiculous. At some corners she came to a full stop. I finally honked. She put her arm out the window and flipped me off! Where are our police?? They need to concentrate on the slow drivers who refuse to use the turn outs and allow people to pass. If they came out in full force, on motorcycles, just ticketing the slow pokes, it might make people be a little more polite. If you don't want to do 55, that's fine...just pull over when you can and let the rest of us get to work. That is the law.


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