VACAVILLE — Traffic was at a standstill during the Friday evening commute after a pair of crashes that involved multiple vehicles occurred within minutes of one another and westbound Interstate 80 in Vacaville.
Traffic backed up all the way through north Vacaville as emergency crews worked to help the injured and clear the roadway.
The first accident was reported at 6:20 p.m. on westbound I-80 west of the Cherry Glen Road off ramp. That crash involved three vehicles, blocked three lanes and required one victim to be extricated from a vehicle by emergency crews, according to California Highway Patrol officers. Two people were taken to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
The second occurred within minutes of the first. Four vehicles collided near the Merchant Street off ramp and blocked all lanes of traffic, although vehicles were able to move slowly on the shoulder of the freeway. One driver was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vacaville with unknown injuries. All lanes were cleared about 30 minutes later, at about 7 p.m.
CHP officials were still investigating the cause of both accidents, but did believe they are related to one another.
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