Between 40 and 50 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction accident along a four-mile stretch of Highway 198 near Hanford in central California Tuesday (Jan. 31) morning.
A California Highway Patrol spokesman said 12 people sustained minor injuries.
The Fresno Bee says that two trucks were involved in the first crash in the pileup. The Bee reports:
“The first crash was reported at 7:22 a.m. A big rig was turning left across Highway 41 and a second big rig heading north on Highway 41 hit the trailer, (CHP Officer John) Tyler said. About a minute later, an F-250 pickup hit the second big rig, he said. Then, a minute later, a black BMW crashed into the rear of the pickup.
“A second accident occurred at 8:25 a.m. on Highway 198 at 16th Avenue, and chain-reaction collisions then occurred in the westbound lanes back to 13th Avenue, he said.
The highway was closed much of the day as the wreckage was cleared.