LOS BANOS -- Hail spawned by thunderstorms led to a dozen accidents early Saturday afternoon on Pacheco Pass, including a four-vehicle wreck involving two California Highway Patrol cars, which injured two officers.
CHP officers Allen Carmo and Adam Yates were hurt in the 1:20 p.m. accident on eastbound Highway 152 east of Dinosaur Point. Carmo received moderate injuries and was taken to San Jose Medical Center and Yates sustained minor injuries.
With pea-sized hail making the highway slick, a 2003 Kia Sedona driven by Robert Kuhne, 21, of Fremont went out of control, sliding into the rear of Carmo's patrol car, which then hit Yates' cruiser, authorities said. Yates' patrol car hit the car ahead of it but that motorist did not stop.
Meteorologist Jim Dudley of the National Weather Service in Hanford said several thunderstorms centered over Pacheco Pass dropped hail on the road. More severe thunderstorms moved into San Benito and Monterey counties later Saturday, dropping more hail.
Officer Kirk Arnold of the CHP's Traffic Management Center in Fresno said there were about 10 other accidents along Highway 152 attributed to high speed for the weather conditions. Eastbound lanes of the highway were partially closed.