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Four injured after six-vehicle crash blocks Hwy 101 in Shell Beach area

Posted at 9:04 AM, Feb 16, 2019

UPDATE (3:15 p.m.) – CHP officials say at least four people were injured after a six-vehicle crash in Shell Beach Saturday morning. One person with major injuries was transported to Sierra Vista Hospital. Three others suffered minor injuries.

CHP says the collision happened when the driver of a Subaru switched lanes to avoid a collision but swiped the passenger side of a Honda Pilot and the driver side of a BMW in doing so.

Officers say an RTA bus carrying 13 passengers then hit a Honda Fit, causing the vehicle to roll over onto the dirt shoulder. The momentum of the bus carried forward, hitting the BMW and causing it to travel down a dirt embankment. The bus also hit a Chevy, pushing that vehicle into the western guardrail.

UPDATE (9:45 a.m.) – As of 9:45 a.m., the northbound lanes were back open and traffic was starting to move through the area again.

ORIGINAL STORY: A crash involving as many as six vehicles was blocking the northbound lanes of Highway 101 in Shell Beach Saturday morning.

It happened just after 8 a.m. near the Shell Beach Road offramp.

According to the California Highway Patrol, one vehicle had landed on its roof and was possibly catching fire.

Northbound traffic was being diverted at Mattie Road and backing up and a SIG Alert was issued for the area.

At 8:51 a.m., another crash was reported in the northbound lanes near the Wadsworth Avenue exit.

No word on the extent of any injuries but an ambulance has been requested at the scene.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.