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Four-car crash closes lanes of Hwy. 50 in West Sacramento, stalling morning commute traffic

A collision involving as many as five vehicles has closed multiple lanes of westbound Highway 50 in West Sacramento for about 90 minutes and resulted in major injuries.
A collision involving as many as five vehicles has closed multiple lanes of westbound Highway 50 in West Sacramento for about 90 minutes and resulted in major injuries.

1 p.m. update: CHP’s Woodland office said in a news release that a crash Monday morning on Highway 50 involved four vehicles, with one driver suffering major injuries and three other people minor injuries.

The initial collision happened about 8:37 a.m., when a 2003 Ford driving in the fast lane of westbound Highway 50 rear-ended a silver Toyota that was stopped due to traffic near Harbor Boulevard. The Toyota then struck two other vehicles, the news release said.

The driver of the Toyota, a 50-year-old Sacramento man, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with major injuries. The Ford driver as well as the driver and a passenger in one of the other two vehicles were all hospitalized with minor injuries, according to the CHP collision report. The driver of the fourth car involved was uninjured.

No arrests were made, and officers do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision, which remains under investigation.

10:10 a.m. update: Caltrans says all lanes have reopened as of 10:10 a.m.

9:20 a.m. update: CHP’s incident log is now classifying the incident as a major-injury collision.

A collision involving as many as five vehicles has closed multiple lanes of westbound Highway 50 in West Sacramento indefinitely Monday morning, according to the California Highway patrol.

The crash was reported just before 8:40 a.m. near the Harbor Boulevard exit and involved about five cars, according to CHP’s incident log.

All but the right two lanes of westbound traffic remained blocked as of 8:50 a.m., with no estimated time of reopening, according to the CHP.

Significant commute delays are anticipated as CHP’s incident log called for Caltrans assistance in an “extensive closure.”

Caltrans traffic cameras showed traffic at a standstill at Harbor Boulevard, and backed up through to West Capitol Avenue.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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