7-Car Pileup Sends 6 to Hospital

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Elena Gomez

    An abrupt stop caused a snake-like pileup involving seven vehicles on the westbound Interstate 8 Saturday afternoon.

    The crash started around 12:55 p.m. as traffic suddenly slowed on I-8 near the I-5 exits, just north of Old Town.

    When the first driver slammed on the brakes, it created a domino effect that trapped six other vehicles, slammed bumper to bumper.

    "Just car hitting one after another," said Zaineb Jafar, a victim. "I didn't know if we were gonna survive at that moment."

    Six people were taken to the hospital for cuts and pains, but all had minor injuries.

    Traffic signs on I-805 warned drivers headed that way to expect delays as crews reduced the freeway to one lane.

    California Highway Patrol officers had all lanes cleared by 2:30 p.m.