PCH reopened after major car crash in Santa Monica

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[Updated, 4 p.m.] At least two people were rushed to a local trauma center for treatment following a major car crash on Pacific Coast Highway, forcing police to shut down a section of the heavily-traveled highway Thursday afternoon for roughly three hours.

Drivers experienced significant delays on PCH, Interstate 10 and in Downtown Santa Monica as investigators worked the scene of the crash, police said.

All I-10 traffic heading westbound was diverted to the exit at Fourth and Fifth streets in Santa Monica, all northbound lanes of PCH were closed, and one southbound lane was closed from roughly 12:20 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The accident took place around noon along the 200 block of PCH and involved several vehicles, police said. One vehicle was leaving a private beach club on PCH when it was struck by a car traveling south.

One person was listed in critical condition while another had moderate injuries. No drugs or alcohol are suspected at this time, police said.


[Original postAt least one person has been rushed to a local trauma center for treatment following a major car crash on Pacific Coast Highway, forcing police to shut down a section of the heavily-traveled highway Thursday afternoon.

Major delays are expected on Interstate 10 and in Downtown Santa Monica as investigators work the scene of the crash, police said.

All I-10 traffic heading westbound is being diverted to the exit at Fourth and Fifth streets in Santa Monica.

Details are limited, but the accident took place around noon along the 200 block of PCH and involved several vehicles, police said. One vehicle was leaving a private beach club when it was struck by a car traveling south.

One person was listed in critical condition while another had moderate injuries. No drugs or alcohol are suspected at this time, police said.

All northbound lanes of PCH are closed, and one southbound lane is closed.

The investigation could last several hours.