WATSONVILLE (CBS SF) – Four people were hospitalized Friday afternoon after a chain reaction collision along southbound state Highway 1 in Watsonville, the California Highway Patrol said.
The wreck, involving multiple cars and a truck pulling farm equipment, happened about 1 p.m. along the highway just south of Harkins Slough.
The CHP said the truck was pulling a broken disc harrow that sparked a fire and came to an emergency stop, forcing three cars behind it to stop as well.
A van came up behind the cars and didn’t stop, crashing into one of the vehicles and triggering the chain-reaction collision.
The drivers of the three cars and the van were all hospitalized. Two drivers, a 64-year-old man from Aptos and a 23-year-old woman from Half Moon Bay, suffered major injuries. Two other drivers, a 28-year-old man and 36-year-old man, both from Watsonville, sustained moderate injuries in the crash.
Drugs or alcohol were not factors in the wreck, the CHP said.
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