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California 7-car crash injures 3

Three people were injured in a chain-reaction crash involving seven vehicles on Highway 1 at Firefighter Road nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base. The accident took place about 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 11. According to authorities, the multi-vehicle wreck began when a Lompoc woman driving a northbound Dodge Magnum on the highway was suddenly unable to control her vehicle and smashed into another northbound vehicle, a Toyota Camry driven by a 35-year-old man.

Then, a man who was driving a northbound GMC Yukon was unable to avoid a collision with the Dodge Magnum, which was stopped in the middle of the roadway. In the impact, the Yukon was forced to the middle of the highway and into the opposite lanes where it crashed into a southbound Toyota 4Runner operated by a 34-year-old man from Santa Maria. The Yukon, which was unable to stop, also collided head on with a silver Honda Civic.

Officials with the California Highway Patrol also reported that two other vehicles were involved in the accident when a man driving a Dodge Charger crashed into the back of a tan Honda Civic. Medical rescue personnel responding to the accident assisted the injured victims at the scene while crews removed the vehicles and debris from the roadway. Three of the victims were transported to Marian Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. The highway was reopened after about an hour.

Because vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed, highway accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries. Those who have been harmed by the negligent actions of another driver may want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for their medical expenses and other losses through a lawsuit filed against the at-fault motorist.

Source: KEYT, "Multi-car crash causes Highway 1 to shut down near Lompoc", Stacey Sakai, Jan. 11, 2017

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