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Series of Crashes Injure 8 in Hollywood

Six separate crashes are reported on the southbound 101 overnight.

A series of crashes involving 16 vehicles injured eight people Friday, one critically, on the rain-slick Hollywood (101) Freeway in Hollywood, authorities said.

The six separate crashes were reported on the southbound 101 at Highland Avenue at 12:20 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada.

A Los Angeles Fire Department captain said eight people were injured and taken to hospitals. One was in critical condition and the rest suffered minor injuries, she said.

The most seriously injured patient had gotten out of a vehicle involved in one of the crashes and was then struck by another vehicle, Posada said.

An infant in a car seat was taken from one of the vehicles and placed in an ambulance, according to a news photographer at the scene.

The crashes, which involved a total of 16 vehicles, closed all southbound lanes of the freeway. Traffic was diverted at Highland Avenue until all lanes were reopened around 2:20 a.m., she said.

Alcohol was not a factor in any of the crashes, which started with a single-vehicle wreck, Posada said.

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