40 Vehicles Involved in Multiple Chain Reaction Crash Armona
A minimum of 40 vehicles, from small passenger cars to large tractor trailers were involved in multiple crashes Tuesday morning on Highway 198. Twelve people sustained minor to moderate injuries; no fatalities were reported. Poor visibility due to dense fog in the area is thought to be the cause. The weather service had issued an advisory on Monday warning of severely reduced visibility along the Kings-Tulare county line.
The first crash was reported at 7:22 am involving two big rigs, a pickup truck and a BMW. A second accident occurred at 8:25 pm on Highway 198 and 16th Avenue, causing the subsequent chain reaction collisions. Numerous tow trucks were dispatched to the scene. The total of vehicles involved is estimate to be higher than 40; some were slightly damaged and are presumed to have driven themselves to safer areas nearby. The roadway was closed for several hours to remove the vehicles. Dense fog in the valley has been blamed for several chain reaction crashes in recent years.
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