4 car pile-up involving semi on Samoa Bridge sends one to hospital with minor injuries

A four car pile-up on the Samoa Bridge involving a semi-truck sent one person to the hospital and caused minor traffic delays Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The accident occurred in a construction zone on the second arm of the bridge, which had a portion of one lane closed off for the purpose of their work. CHP says the pile-up was caused by the semi-truck that couldn't brake fast enough to avoid hitting a line of stopped cars waiting to proceed through the construction zone. The force from the semi colliding with a mini-van at the back of the line caused it to hit two other cars directly in front of it, according to police.

CHP says one person in the car in front of the mini-van was taken to the hospital by ambulance for minor injuries.

Investigation and cleanup of the accident caused slightly longer traffic delays on the bridge, on top of those already caused by construction activity.

CHP says drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor.

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