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UPDATE: Westbound Hwy 46 reopens after two-vehicle crash

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Posted at 6:28 AM, Sep 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-20 14:17:44-04

UPDATE (11:17 a.m.) -- The accident occurred around 5:40 a.m. on Monday morning when a 2019 Freightliner collided with a 2019 Volkswagen MK VII, CHP says.

The Volkswagen driver was heading westbound on Hwy 46.

The truck driver, identified by CHP as Carlos Lomeli, 67, of Paso Robles, was making a left turn from Jardine Rd. onto eastbound Hwy 46. Lomeli reportedly did not see any cross traffic. He crossed the westbound lanes to make the left turn.

The Volkswagen driver, Cristian Sanchez, 44, of McFarland, saw the truck pull out in front of him. The accident report states that Sanchez tried to avoid the truck but was not able to.

The front end of the Volkswagen collided with the Freightliner's trailer and stopped under the trailer. Sanchez had to be extricated from his car.

The report says that a helicopter landed on Hwy 46 after it was requested for medical transport, but Sanchez, who suffered minor injuries, was transported by ground ambulance.

Lomeli was uninjured.

One westbound lane of Hwy 46 and the turn lane from eastbound Hwy 46 to Jardine Rd. were blocked by the crash.

Officials say that drugs or alcohol do not seem to be factors in the collision.

The Templeton CHP Office is investigating the crash.
UPDATE (8:09 a.m.) -- All lanes of Hwy 46 have been reopened.

CHP reported that one person has been taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
UPDATE (7:00 a.m.) -- The number one westbound lane of Hwy 46 has reopened.
UPDATE (6:53 a.m.) -- One patient was extricated from their vehicle and taken to the hospital, CAL FIRE SLO told KSBY. The patient was not airlifted.
UPDATE (6:33 a.m.) -- Officials have closed both westbound lanes of Hwy 46 to land a helicopter responding to the crash.
A crash has blocked the number two lane of westbound Hwy 46 in Paso Robles.

CHP reports that a semi truck collided with a sedan around 5:55 a.m. near the intersection of Hwy 46 and Jardine Rd.

At 6:08, the sedan remained stuck under the semi truck. Officials reported that one patient was still in the vehicle. The extent of injuries is unknown.

Multiple agencies are responding to the crash, including the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office and CAL FIRE SLO.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.