California Highway Patrol officers said the scene of a recent accident on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County looked like "a war zone." The road was closed to traffic for 10 hours; crews were able to clear the wreckage by the time the evening rush hour started.
According to the CHP, a semi hauling two trailers of dirt jackknifed and slammed into 10 passenger vehicles. The driver claims the brakes failed, but the exact cause of the accident remains under investigation. One person was killed when he was thrown from his car, others were trapped in their cars while firefighters worked to free them. Seven people were injured; one woman was listed in critical condition at the time of the crash.