Early Morning Four-Vehicle Crash on PCH

An off-duty firefighter was one of the first on the scene and helped extricate the male trapped in the pink car (right).

Closes Both Lanes of Traffic: Two Transported

(Editor’s note: the photos were taken by Sharon Kilbride and may not be reused without her permission.)

The truck and three cars were involved in the early morning accident across from the L.A. County Lifeguard station at Potrero Canyon.

A four-car crash occurred today around 7:45 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway, between Chautauqua and Temescal, near Potrero Canyon. The road was closed in both directions, snarling traffic, and causing gridlock on Sunset through Pacific Palisades.

Some of the 3,000 students at Palisades High School, who normally travel PCH to Temescal Canyon Road, were forced up Chautauqua and then onto Sunset Boulevard. The highway was closed until almost 1 p.m. for an investigation.

Eyewitnesses reported that a car appeared to veer into oncoming traffic with serious results. A truck and two other cars were involved.

A good Samaritan provided comfort and medical help until paramedics arrived.

Among the first on the scene was an off-duty firefighter, who helped extricate a male from a car. A member of the medical community, and a good Samaritan en route to work, attended to the injured male and kept him calm until paramedics arrived on the scene. He was transported to a local hospital. According to news reports a second person was also taken to the hospital.

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