4-car crash sends 3 to hospital

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Point Loma Crash

SAN DIEGO — Three out of the four drivers involved in a chain of collisions in the Point Loma area Thursday were hospitalized, police said.

The collisions at Atascadero Drive and Nimitz Boulevard were reported at 5:19 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

A 26-year-old man driving a 2008 Chevrolet shuttle van north on Nimitz Boulevard turned left at Atascadero Drive and hit a southbound 2006 Ford 500 sedan driven by a 52-year-old woman, Cali said.

The back end of the sedan swung around upon impact and hit a 2009 Toyota Tacoma that was also headed south on Nimitz Boulevard at the time, he said, adding the Toyota’s driver was a 42-year-old man.

Then, another southbound vehicle — a 2002 Ford F150 — rear-ended the Toyota, according to Cali. The driver of the Ford pickup was also identified as a 42-year-old man.

All of the drivers involved, except for the driver of the Toyota, were taken to a local hospital to treat a variety of injuries.

The shuttle van driver fractured his right forearm; the woman in the sedan had an open fracture to her right ankle and possibly a broken left ankle; and the Ford pickup driver complained of chest pain, Cali said, adding that the Toyota driver complained of pain but did not go to the hospital.

Investigators said alcohol was not involved in the crash.