Three accidents slow PCH traffic Friday afternoon

Accident 5-19-13

Separate accidents occurred Friday afternoon on the same stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in east Malibu, causing a major headache for commuters but resulting in no injuries. A third accident also occurred at Malibu Canyon Road and PCH, also with no injuries.

A sheriff’s official called it “a crazy night on the coast.”

The first accident occurred when a motorist traveling westbound collided with a vehicle parked on the land side shoulder of Pacific Coast Highway just east of Carbon Canyon Road. 

Upon collision, the parked vehicle was launched entirely across PCH, where it came to rest on the ocean side shoulder of the highway, said Lt. Matthew Squire of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. The driver’s vehicle came to rest after hitting a brick mailbox. The driver was transported to a hospital as a precaution due to the severity of the impact, which Squire called “pretty significant.”

Westbound traffic was backed up to Tuna Canyon Road from the crash site for more than an hour. 

The second collision occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. when two cars collided at the intersection of Las Flores Canyon Road and PCH at 5:30.

No injuries were reported, although one person involved in the crash complained of head pain, according to a sheriff’s official. The crash caused traffic to be backed up past Moonshadows Restaurant. 

A third accident, also resulting in no injuries, occurred at the intersection of Malibu Canyon Road and PCH. No further information was immediately available from the sheriff’s department.