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50 Vehicle Crash Due to Dense Fog in California

HANFORD, CA – At least 50 cars were involved in a foggy-day vehicle pileup near Hanford on Tuesday morning.

Officer John Tyler, a spokesman for the CHP’s Hanford area office, said the initial crash occurred around 8:25 a.m. on westbound Highway 198 and 16th Avenue. Tyler said the crash caused traffic to back up for more than four miles, and led to a chain reaction of collisions.

Twelve people sustained minor to moderate injuries, CHP Officer John Tyler said. Three of the injured went to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford, four to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia and five to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Those without injuries were taken to the Civic Center in Hanford.

The National Weather Service said visibility in Hanford at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday was about 50 feet. The weather service had issued the season’s first dense fog advisory at 11:38 p.m. Monday, with visibility of less than a quarter-mile along the Kings-Tulare county line.

The California Highway Patrol said drivers need to slow down and use their headlights when driving in foggy conditions. Because it’s impossible to see through heavy fog, drivers must account for unknown hazards in the road ahead.

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