Angeles Crest Highway was closed to travelers both east- and westbound for about three hours Saturday, June 23. The cause was a motorcycle accident near the 32.85-mile marker that started a fire that burned one-tenth of an acre in the Angeles National Forest.
According to California Highway Patrol officers Michael Morrin and Todd Workman, the motorcycles sideswiped each other at a curve on the highway. One of the cyclists was a 41-year-old man from La Mirada; the second was a 32-year-old man from Torrance. Both sustained broken right legs, broken fingers and several cuts and bruises. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, however it is known that one of the motorcycles leaked fuel when it slammed onto the pavement. This ignited a fire on the side of a cliff.
The initial call came into CHP around 9:15 a.m. when a citizen who walked in to the Clear Creek Ranger Station reported the fire. Firefighters responded quickly and had the blaze under control in less than an hour.