Collisions Twice Close Canyon Road

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Downed phone lines forced the closure of Laguna Canyon Road overnight Sunday and Monday. Photo courtesy LBPD.
Downed phone lines forced the closure of Laguna Canyon Road overnight Sunday and Monday. Photo courtesy LBPD.

Updated Oct. 23.

Laguna Canyon Road was closed twice this past Sunday, Oct. 15, due to two separate collisions that resulted in injuries to two motorists.

The second collision forced a 15-hour closure after a delayed response by utility crews to mend wires knocked down when a driver sheared off a pole about 9:40 p.m., Sgt. Jim Cota said. The road reopened Monday about 3 p.m. Frontier Communications’ repair crews did not arrive at the scene until 6 a.m. and told police they had no emergency crew to dispatch more swiftly.

Earlier Sunday, police halted traffic temporarily on the primary canyon artery due to a more serious collision that sent a motorcyclist to a trauma center. Another motorist, a 44-year-old Laguna Beach woman, pulled out of a driveway in front of the outbound cyclist, who struck the car head-on, police said.

The 53-year-old Irvine motorcyclist, who was thrown 20 feet along the shoulder of the road, sustained broken bones and unknown internal injuries and was transported to a hospital in Mission Viejo, Cota said.

The driver of the inbound Honda, who apparently fell asleep before ramming the utility pole, sustained minor injuries and was transported for medical treatment also, he said.

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