Six-vehicle accident snarls Highway 99 in Merced

10/31/2013 11:54 AM

10/31/2013 12:00 PM

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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