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4 Hurt, Traffic Snarled in Freeway Pileup

A seven-car pileup on the San Diego Freeway in Fountain Valley on Saturday night left four people injured and traffic snarled for miles in both directions as police closed part of the highway to clear the wreckage.

Two people were treated for serious injuries at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. The other two were treated for minor injuries at Humana Hospital-Huntington Beach. Names of the injured were not immediately released.

The accident occurred at 8:25 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the San Diego Freeway south of Magnolia Street. The California Highway Patrol declared a SigAlert in both directions as officers worked to clear three lanes of the southbound freeway, which were blocked by wreckage. Northbound traffic also slowed to a crawl as motorists ogled the pileup, CHP dispatchers said.

The CHP was to close down the southbound side of the freeway for 2 hours. Motorists trapped in a resulting 2-mile traffic jam used roadway call boxes and mobile telephones to complain.

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“People are just having a fit,” a harried dispatcher said.


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