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CHP patrol car crash snarls 101 Freeway traffic near Carpinteria

General area where CHP patrol car was involved in an accident on the 101 Freway.
Two vehicle accidents, including one involving a California Highway Patrol vehicle, brought rush-hour traffic to a standstill Thursday evening on the southbound 101 Freeway near Carpinteria.

The CHP officer was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, the agency said. His patrol car was involved in the accident with one other vehicle about 6 p.m. near Solimar Beach in Ventura County.

Three lanes of the busy freeway were shut down just as rush hour was underway. Before the CHP accident, another crash involving a big rig was reported in the same area, officials said. 

No other injuries were reported. It was unclear how long the lanes would be closed.

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Map shows general area where the accidents were reported. Credit: Google Maps
 
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