CHP: 2 separate crashes stopped traffic on Highway 99; 1 collision, possibly alcohol-related

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SHAFTER, Calif. (KGET) — Two separate collisions in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 in Shafter closed traffic for nearly two hours late Tuesday night, and CHP says one of those crashes likely involved alcohol.

CHP said the crashes involved a total of five vehicles. One of the vehicles involved was reported to be on fire.

The crashes were first reported just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, just south of Lerdo Highway.

According to CHP Sgt. Felipe Martinez, a crash involving a passenger vehicle and a big rig may be alcohol-related. A passenger vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 99 rear-ended the big rig. 

The driver and passengers in the vehicle were taken to local hospital for complaints of pain, Martinez said. It was unclear how many people were in the car that rear-ended the big rig.

The second crash involving three vehicles blocked the #1 and #2 lanes of the highway. One of the people involved in that crash was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Martinez said.

All northbound lanes of Highway 99 were re-opened by 12:35 a.m. Wednesday.

CHP reminded drivers to stay off the roads if consuming alcohol and advises drivers to make plans to use a designated driver or to use a ride-hailing service.

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