SUISUN CITY — A rear-end accident on eastbound Highway 12 at the overpass crossing the railroad tracks shut down eastbound Highway 12 for an hour during Monday afternoon rush hour.
A white Nissan Altima hit the rear of a gray Jeep Cherokee at about 3:30 p.m, Suisun City police said. The Cherokee hit the concrete center divider. The Nissan could be seen nearby in a lane, its front damaged.
The four occupants in the Jeep and the one in the Nissan were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Officer Eric Vera said none of the injuries were life threatening, but people complained of pain. He said the accident was caused by unsafe speed and inattention.
Traffic backed up on eastbound Highway 12 to Interstate 80 several miles away. Police diverted traffic from Highway 12 at the overcrossing to the Webster Street offramp that leads toward downtown Fairfield. Meanwhile, ambulances and tow trucks came and police used a broom to sweep away debris from the road.
At about 4:16 p.m., a wisp of smoke could be seen across the concrete barrier in the westbound direction, which remained opened. A car had rear-ended another car over there. Both cars pulled over a short distance away and traffic kept moving in the westbound direction.
“Rubber-necker,” a Suisun City officer said.
Police reopened the eastbound direction at about 4:30 p.m.
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