2 trapped in crumpled cars after chain-reaction crash

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SAN DIEGO — A pileup at a Clairemont intersection injured several motorists Wednesday afternoon, including two who wound up badly hurt and trapped in their crumpled cars.

The accident in the 5000 block of Genesee Avenue occurred about 1:30 p.m., when a southbound driver failed to stop for a line of stationary vehicles at a stoplight at Appleton Street, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The resulting series of collisions involved seven autos, including several SUVs, a truck and at least three sedans.

It took emergency crews about a half-hour to free a man and a woman trapped in their separate vehicles, SDFRD Capt. Joe Amador said. Those patients were taken to a hospital with major trauma, while the others were transported for treatment of lesser injuries, according to Amador.

The roadway remained blocked by emergency equipment and the damaged vehicles into the early evening.

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