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Two Valencia residents were killed Saturday night after their vehicle crashed into a large tree near the Valencia Boulevard offramp, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.

At approximately 6:10 p.m., Man J. Hong, 75, who was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Volt northbound on Interstate 5, exited towards Valencia Boulevard. For reasons still unknown, Hong drove off the roadway into a brush area, which was located between the offramp and auto lanes.

Hong was traveling at an unknown rate of speed when his car collided first into a traffic signal and then into a large tree. Hong and his passenger, Kang D. Hong, 71, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation. However, officials don’t believe alcohol and/or drugs played a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Officer Sanchez at the CHP Newhall office at (661) 294-5540.

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  1. dan says:

    There’s been a lot of construction in this area, including closures of lanes, sudden lane splits and the like. It is easy to imagine someone getting confused, especially at night. I very nearly had an accident yesterday when I was transitioning from the 14 to the north 5. I keep thinking that there must be a better way to go about this construction. Part of freeway safety is familiarity with the road. It seems as though there are several changes a week as the 5 passes thru SCV.

    • Scott R Ferguson says:

      May this older couple from our community rest in peace. Condolences to family. Fully agree with the danger and randomness with mixed methods of ramp reroute and confusion of signage. Pure lack of professional safety oversight exists. Old days done differently with lights, flares and clear signs. When coming home at night it is a crap shoot to determine which ramps are open and where their exit begins night to night. There are often ramp exit marking orange signs left in place even when ramp closed.
      Like a bad puzzle.

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