Thick fog leads to 15-car pileup, Skyline closure

Dense fog forced the closure of nearly two miles of Skyline Boulevard in Daly City, but not before 15 cars piled up on the road in a chain reaction mash-up,leaving five injured Tuesday.

With visibility limited to five feet at times, 15 cars were involved in up to eight accidents spread out over a quarter mile, the first of which occurred on the Skyline overpass crossing Highway 1, California Highway Patrol Officer Shawn Chase said. A combination of the fog, speeding drivers and the wet conditions caused the accidents, he said.

“It [was] horrible out there,” Chase said. “One car would get hit, and they’d get out and then another car would hit that abandoned one. One car was hit four times.”

The CHP promptly closed a portion of Skyline, including the Highway 1 connector ramps, from Hickey Boulevard to Westmoor Avenue after the wreck.

Three adults — one possibly with a broken wrist — and two children were taken to Seton Medical Center for minor injuries sustained in the series of accidents that began shortly after 8 a.m., officials said. Drivers were forced to use side roads and alternate routes to navigate around the closure of Skyline.

Approximately 3,000 cars pass through that section of road hourly during rush hour, according to Caltrans data. Chase said the CHP will have extra units in the Skyline area in case the fog rolls back in as thick as it was previously, Chase said.

The slick conditions may have also contributed to a car fire on southbound Interstate 280 that snarled morning traffic. At 8:25 a.m., a sedan rear-ended a SamTrans Redi-Wheels bus that was not in service. The sedan lodged under the bus, caught fire and set the bus afire, totaling both vehicles. Both drivers escaped uninjured, Capt. Jason Kruljac of the South City Fire Department said.

National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson said the recent heat wave may have contributed to Tuesday’s dense fog. The forecast for the Ocean Beach, Daly City and Pacifica area today is low morning clouds and fog with temperatures around 53 degrees, he said.

dsmith@examiner.com

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