Fog caused 20 crashes involving 42 vehicles along Highway 198 in the Hanford area on Tuesday morning, said Johnny Fisher, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol’s central division.
Fisher said the crashes started about 7:45 a.m. and continued for around 20 to 30 minutes along a four-mile stretch of eastbound Highway 198 between Lemoore and Hanford. Ambulances took five people to the hospital for minor to moderate injuries, Fisher said.
“There was just cars stacked up all over the right shoulder and center divider,” Fisher said.
The first accident occurred at 14th Avenue in Armona, just west of Hanford. Fisher said traffic was at a standstill at that location and there was a hard closure at the Highway 41 intersection in Lemoore for several hours.
Around the time of the accidents, Fisher said, motorists could see only between 600 and 1,200 feet ahead.
When driving in the fog, he said, motorists should remember to do the following: Slow down, leave ample distance between your vehicle and the one ahead, use low-beam headlights, and don’t stop on the side of the road.