COSTA MESA : Accident Forces Freeway Closure

All northbound lanes of the San Diego Freeway were temporarily closed Monday after a truck driver apparently made an unsafe lane change and triggered a four-vehicle collision, the California Highway Patrol said.

A 25-year-old San Pedro woman and her 8-month-old infant received minor injuries in the accident, which occurred about 11:25 a.m. north of the Harbor Boulevard off-ramp, CHP spokeswoman Linda Burrus said.

The accident apparently started when William P. Maggs, 37, of Phoenix clipped the back of a Hyundai sedan with his flatbed trailer truck while changing lanes, Burrus said.

After hitting the Hyundai, Maggs drifted into another lane into the path of a gasoline truck, Burrus said. The driver of the gasoline truck hit the back end of Maggs' truck and then struck the side of a Toyota pickup, she said.

All the northbound lanes near Harbor Boulevard were closed for about 15 minutes, and three lanes were closed for nearly an hour while crews worked to clear the wreckage, Burrus said. Maggs was not cited pending an investigation of the accident, Burrus said.

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