Six-vehicle accident snarls Highway 99 in Merced

October 31, 2013 

At least one person suffered major injuries today in crash on Highway 99 in Merced involving six vehicles, including two big-rig trucks, the California Highway Patrol reported.

It was not immediately clear how many people were hurt, officer Jason Schoonhoven said.

One person who suffered major unspecified injuries was air-lifted to an area hospital, the CHP said.

Northbound traffic is shutdown on Highway 99 at R Street. Vehicles are being diverted onto V Street and over to 16th Street. The section of Highway 99 is expected to remain closed until some time after 1 p.m., the CHP said.

Only northbound lanes are affected, Schoonhoven said.

The CHP said road construction was under way in the area of the crash, which was reported at 10:47 a.m.. The work may have been a factor in the collision.

"It appears that one vehicle in the fast lane did not stop for vehicles in front of them that were already stopped for construction and a chain-reaction collision occurred," Schoonhoven said.

Two big-rig trucks were involved in the collision, along with two pickups, a white van and a sedan, the CHP said.

More information will be reported as it become available.

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