7 hospitalized after chain-reaction crash closes freeway

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SAN DIEGO -- Authorities closed southbound Interstate 5 in Carmel Valley following a chain-reaction crash involving 13 vehicles, police said.

The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. The San Diego Police Department tweeted video from the scene showing multiple fire engines and ambulances responding to the accident.

  • Authorities closed southbound Interstate 5 in Carmel Valley following chain-reaction crash involving 13 vehicles, police said.

At least seven people were taken by ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The injuries were described as minor to moderately serious trauma, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The freeway was shut down for more than an hour while emergency crews tended to the injured and tow trucks hauled the damaged vehicles off the freeway. By 4 p.m., all lanes of I-5 had been reopened.

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