A 71-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with critical injuries after crashing his vintage Ford Roadster into the back of another car on Saturday afternoon on Highway 92.
The man, identified as James Lucas of Half Moon Bay, was driving west toward the Coastside when authorities say he failed to stop in time for a sudden traffic slowdown. His vehicle smashed into a Mercedes sedan. California Highway Patrol officials say it is fortunate that no other cars were hit in the accident.
Lucas was thrown from his vehicle in the crash and suffered major head and torso trauma. He was taken to Stanford Medical Center and is expected to survive, according to the CHP.
The two people in the Mercedes, both Half Moon Bay residents, complained of minor pains from the accident, but they were otherwise uninjured.
The crash shut down Highway 92 for about an hour on a crowded weekend day when many motorists were heading to the beach. CHP officials say there is no sign that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, but they are still investigating.
The crash came two days after a garbage truck overturned its trailer on Highway 92, leading authorities to close the westbound lane of traffic for about three hours. The accident occurred as a big-rig, heading toward Ox Mountain landfill, was taking a curve just east of Skyline Boulevard and the trailer toppled over. However, the container was sealed and no garbage was spilled.
Clearing the highway took longer than expected because CHP officers needed to remove some garbage from the trailer before they could pull it upright.