Santa Paulan, three others receive minor injuries in Highway 126 crash

January 21, 2003
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesA Santa Paulan and three other people received minor injuries Saturday in a chain-reaction crash about an hour after a major Highway 126 accident, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.CHP Officer Steven Reid said the three-vehicle crash occurred at about 3:10 p.m. An hour before, a hit and run driver had forced two vehicles over the side of the highway, injuring four people including a pregnant woman.In the second accident, Homer Lopez, 27, and his son, 7-year-old Anthony, both of Oxnard, were driving eastbound on Highway 126 in a 1997 Ford Ranger. As Lopez approached Briggs Road he observed that the traffic up ahead had stopped due to the previous major accident.Lopez slowed his vehicle and came to a stop, but a 1988 Chevrolet Nova behind Lopez, driven by Alejandro Ramos, 21 of Fillmore, did not. Ramos was traveling at about 60 mph when he observed Lopez’s vehicle, but was unable to stop his own car, slamming into the rear of Lopez’s truck at “a high rate of speed,” said CHP Officer Reid.Leroy Powell, a 52-year-old resident of Santa Paula, was directly behind Ramos driving a 2002 VW Jetta at approximately 55 mph. When Ramos crashed into Lopez, Powell was also unable to stop his vehicle in time and hit Ramos’ Jetta at a high rate of speed.
All received minor injuries and were treated on scene before being transported to area hospitals. Homer and Anthony Lopez were released after being treated for minor injuries at Community Memorial Hospital. Ramos was taken to Ventura County Medical Center for treatment; his injuries were also minor and he was released from VCMC. Powell was transported to Santa Paula Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and then released.After the collision, Ramos’ vehicle blocked the fast lane for approximately 25 minutes and CHP personnel had to direct traffic around the crash scene.

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