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Roadway blocked, dog killed by 4-vehicle crash on Hwy 46

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A crash involving four vehicles shut down Highway 46 near the Shandon Rest Area on Monday morning.

It happened at about 5:45 a.m. between the rest area and Lucy Brown Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of a westbound semi-truck hauling an empty tank trailer somehow lost control of the vehicle and crossed into eastbound traffic, sideswiping a tractor-trailer loaded with cardboard.

The collision reportedly caused the eastbound truck to cross into the westbound lanes, striking another empty tanker truck. CHP says the first truck continued westbound in the eastbound lanes, crashing into the K-rail, then making a left turn into the path of a Ford Explorer. 

The crash caused major front-end damage to the SUV, which was spun around and ended up blocking the westbound lane.

CHP says the driver and passenger of the SUV, a man and a woman from Visalia, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One of the driver's three dogs was killed in the collision.

Debris was scattered across the roadway.

The highway was shut down, but some traffic was allowed to use a newly paved portion of roadway that has not yet been open to the public. Some westbound traffic was diverted to Highway 33. 

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash but says neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be contributing factors.

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