Fog causes massive pileup in California

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.

Accident victims on the scene of the massive California pileup Tuesday. (Fresno Bee)Accident victims on the scene of the massive California pileup Tuesday. (Fresno Bee)

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.

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