A six-car pileup around the noon hour Thursday in the fast lane of Highway 99 north of Madera caused a major northbound Thanksgiving Day traffic jam.
The accident happened just south of the Avenue 18½ interchange.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Lincoln McKenna said the initial accident involved three vehicles in a chain-reaction collision. Following the accident, two cars in the northbound lane behind it slowed to a stop. The third car in that line, however, collided with the two stopped cars, pushing them into the initial three-car accident, making it a six-car pileup.
One woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital after complaining of stomach pain, McKenna said.
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After the accident, heavy holiday traffic was backed up all the way to Madera for about two hours.