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Crash shuts Lakeville Highway for three hours

A two-vehicle crash on Lakeville Highway on Wednesday morning drew five ambulances and a medical helicopter and shut down the highway for almost three hours, according to the CHP.

With 11 people involved and injuries ranging from major to minor, a swarm of firefighters, paramedics and CHP officers set up a triage effort on the highway.

Ten people in the crash were employees of the California Conservation Corps, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

Lakeville Highway Crash 11.13.13


They were traveling in a large crew truck, headed for a job at a west Marin County park.

The worst injured appeared to be the man who crashed into the corps' vehicle, according to a preliminary investigation.

Driver Carlos Garcia, 47, of Petaluma had to be cut free from his Ford F-150 truck by firefighters. Paramedics then prepared him for a helicopter flight to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Garcia was in critical condition Wednesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Seven others had moderate to minor injuries and were taken by ambulances to Memorial and to hospitals in Petaluma, Sonoma and Napa, Petaluma Fire Capt. Jude Prokop said.

The remaining three were treated at the scene. Prokop said the employees riding together had a variety of head, neck and back injuries.

"They were very lucky ... the people in the crew van were not more seriously injured, given the complications of the accident," Prokop said.

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