Two men involved in accidents
related to chain reaction crash

February 04, 2000
Santa Paula News
Two Santa Paulans were involved in separate westbound Highway 126 accidents on Tuesday in a pile-up and related crashes that ultimately involved 10 cars and jammed the freeway for over two hours. One Santa Paulan received moderate injuries when his vehicle rolled on the highway. The accidents started near Saticoy, said CHP Officer Dave Webb, at about 7:45 a.m. when a Honda Civic driven by George Perez Jr., 19 of Santa Paula, rear-ended a Ford pickup truck near Wells Road. . .that started a chain reaction involving four other vehicles on the highway.Wells Road is a main route to Oxnard and the Ventura 101 Freeway; when traffic started to build up at the exit Perezís Honda failed to stop and struck the pickup truck. . .the impact was so strong that Perezís vehicle was pushed under the back of the pickup.Four other vehicles were involved in the collision when they approached the scene at a high rate of speed and didnít notice the stopped traffic. The vehicles all received light to moderate damage.Perez was able to exit his vehicle and received minor injuries.Due to the backup in traffic caused by the six car chain reaction accident near Wells Road and about an hour later, three other vehicles crashed into each other on Highway 126 near Todd Road and a few miles east of Wells Road.
Gregory Allen Presser, 38 of Santa Paula, was approaching the Todd Road under-crossing when he slammed on his brakes to avoid stopped traffic. . .his car swerved into the center divider and flipped over.Presser was transported to Santa Paula Memorial Hospital with multiple cuts and abrasions; in addition, Presser complained of pain to his shoulder and back. He was treated and released.



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