Violent Crash Shuts Down Stretch of PCH in Pacific Palisades for Hours, Snarling Traffic

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All lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway were reopened early Tuesday afternoon, hours after a multivehicle crash shut down the highway in Pacific Palisades, according to Caltrans.

The collision was reported about 8 a.m. on PCH between Chautauqua Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log. The area is right by Will Rogers State Beach.

At least four vehicles appeared to be involved in the violent wreck, including a box truck, Sky5 video showed. All had front-end damage, and one car was totaled.

Officer Jader Chavez of the Los Angeles Police Department said the crash was not fatal, contradicting earlier information provided by Caltrans that one person was killed.

Two people were transported from the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Their conditions were not immediately known.

All lanes have of PCH were closed near Chautauqua Boulevard in the aftermath of the collision.

The highway was fully reopened shortly before 1 p.m., according to Caltrans.

Motorists initially were getting around the crash site by driving on the northbound shoulder, which was alternately closed for both sides so cars could pass, according to the aerial footage.

Traffic stretched for miles in each direction during the rush-hour morning commute.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang and Steve Bien contributed to this report. 

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