SAN DIEGO – A fiery crash involving four vehicles closed all eastbound lanes on state Route 52, jamming traffic in both directions during the Monday morning commute.
The chain reaction crash began just before 6 a.m. just west of Santo Road, when a Ford F-150 pickup rear-ended a big rig taht was headed east on Route 52. A black Dodge Ram pickup broadsided the Ford, which burst into flames. A black Buick sedan was unable to stop in time and collided with the second pickup, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Two people were taken to hospitals. At least one had major injuries. The condition of the other person was not known.
All lanes of eastbound Route 52 were closed until firefighters could extinguish the burning pickup and clear debris from the No. 1 lane. Eastbound traffic was able to squeeze by the accident scene on that lane until just before 8 a.m., when all lanes were reopened.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.