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Crash Prompts Lane Closures on State Route 52 in Santee

Hours of stand-still traffic clear just before rush hour.

Updated September 4 @ 3:30 p.m.

Getting into Santee by the SR-52 took a lot longer Tuesday afternoon, but the eastbound lanes are open again after hours of traffic delay due to a multiple car accident that required Lifeflight helicopter rescue near the Santo Road offramp. 

The accident occurred around 12 p.m. and involved three vehicles, including a semi-trailer that began leaking fuel, according to the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page.

Traffic was at a near standstill, with most freeway lanes effectively blocked by the accident wreckage and when the Lifeflight helicopter rescued the injured around 1 p.m. eastbound SR-52 was completely shutdown.

According to the CHP incident page, at times during the stand-still traffic cars attempted to reverse back up the Santo Rd. and further accidents nearly occurred.

Removal of the wreckage and a fire engine with mechanical problems led the far two-lanes to be closed until about 2:45 p.m., with traffic using the right and emergency lanes.

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Duane Kuhlow, Jr. September 05, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Not to be picky, but LifeFlight has not operated in this county for over 15 years. If the helicopter was not from San Diego Fire, it was then from Mercy Air.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Thanks for the update, I'll look into those specifics. The CHP traffic incident page referenced "Lifeflight," I wonder if they just stuck with that terminology over the years.

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