Slick roads continued to cause accidents Tuesday as a rainy pile-up on Conejo Grade (Highway 101) landed one man in the hospital and stalled Camarillo commute traffic for hours.
• A senior center passenger van was stalled in the middle lane of southbound Highway 101 with its emergency blinkers flashing.
• A car traveling at an unsafe speed for the wet conditions rear-ended the passenger van and slid into another lane, where it was hit by a third vehicle. As many as six vehicles may have been involved.
• A 59-year-old passenger in the second vehicle was hospitalized with chest injuries; there were no passengers in the van.
The multi-vehicle accident occurred right in the middle of the morning rush hour, shortly after 7:15 a.m. , according to a report in the Ventura County Star.
It started with a disabled Mountainview Adult Day Health Care passenger van that was stalled in one of the middle lanes on southbound Highway 101, California Highway Patrol officer Randy Pickens said.
The van driver, 33-year-old Koci Dashamir of Camarillo, had turned on his emergency flasher signals and was waiting for a tow truck when a sedan driven by 36-year-old Hector Garcia of Port Hueneme came up from behind and crashed into the van.
The impact forced Garcia’s car into another lane, where it was hit by another sedan, driven by 50-year-old Elizabeth Ramos of Camarillo. No citations were immediately issued, but Pickens said Garcia was driving at an unsafe speed under the conditions — rain, slick roads, and a vehicle stopped in the middle of the highway.
Garcia’s father, 59-year-old Fidel Garcia of Oxnard, was riding in the front passenger seat. He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, where he was admitted. He sustained chest injuries, Pickens said. He was listed in fair and stable condition.
Fortunately, there were no passengers in the senior transport van. Dashamir was driving from his home in Camarillo to pick up seniors in Thousand Oaks and take them to the West Hills center.
The news report mentioned only these three vehicles, but other drivers who commented on the Star’s website said as many as six cars were involved.
“Really bad accident — I was about 10 cars behind it,” one reader commented. “Looked to be 6-8 cars involved, and it went all the way from the slow lane over into the fast.”
All lanes but the fast lane to the extreme left were closed for at least 40 minutes, Pickens said. Traffic was backed up for several miles.
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