A suspect driving at a high rate of speed in Gilroy plowed through a fence and raced onto Highway 101, causing an accident with at least three other cars, police said.
Police first noticed the car at about 3 a.m. near Chestnut and Tenth Street, but lost sight of it shortly afterwards. Moments later, according to police, they saw that the car had rammed through a fence at the end of East Ninth Street and entered the southbound lanes of Highway 101.
At least three other cars slammed into the suspect’s car, causing it to come to a halt at the center guardrail separating the north and southbound lanes of traffic.
As of Saturday afternoon, police believe there were two suspects in the car. Officers are not yet sure if they tried to flee from wreck or if they were thrown from the car after the repeated collisions. Both suspects were found in the northbound lanes of Highway 101.
The two suspects were both transported to local trauma centers, one in critical condition and the other in serious but stable condition. Four other people were also taken to the hospital in connection with the crash, all with minor to moderate injuries.
Highway 101 was closed to traffic in both directions for several hours while the crash site was investigated and cleaned. All lanes were reopened by 10 a.m., police said.