Injury crash blocks all 91 eastbound lanes

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Article Date: 8/21/2009 | Resource: MLG

Injury crash blocks all 91 eastbound lanes

“Man handcuffed after chain-reaction crash in Anaheim Hills.”

At least three people have been injured – possibly two with critical injuries – including a person who was in handcuffs after an apparent chain-reaction crash on the eastbound 91 freeway west of Weir Canyon Road, authorities said.

All eastbound 91 lanes were blocked for about an hour, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP began receiving reports of a reckless driver around 9:30 a.m., whose vehicle was apparently seen crashing into the center divider and the truck scales, CHP officer Gabe Montoya said.

Several collisions, apparently involving vehicles trying to avoid the reckless driver, were also reported in the area, Montoya said.

The suspected reckless driver reportedly refused to get out of his vehicle at one point, prompting officers to detain him, Montoya said.

Four vehicles – a Dodge Durango, a gray Toyota Tundra, a beige Ford F150, and a mangled silver Nissan 350Z – were apparently the vehicles involved in the crash.

Several other vehicles were seen on the right shoulder of the freeway.

At least one person, whose body reportedlywas ejected from one of the vehicles and hit the center divider, has been taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. A MetroNet dispatcher said one person, possibly two, were in critical condition.

The suspected reckless driver, a man, was seen handcuffed to a backboard while being taken into an ambulance.

Eastbound traffic has come to a crawl. Vehicles are were directed to drive on the right shoulder while all other lanes were blocked, Montoya said.

The wreckage has cleared from lanes but traffic continues to be slow from the 55 freeway to Green River Road.

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Jeffrey Marquart