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3 Women Hospitalized After Head-on Crash on Golden Gate Bridge

After being blocked or almost an hour, northbound lanes on the Golden Gate Bridge have reopened.

Three women were hospitalized with minor injuries Wednesday after a head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge during the tail end of the morning commute, CHP and media sources reported.

Two southbound cars driven by San Francisco residents collided at about 8:10 a.m. just north of the bridge's north anchorage, said CHP officer Eric Hohmeister. A Tiburon woman heading northbound then struck the other two cars.

A Sig-alert was issued at 8:19 a.m. and traffic began to back up in both directions. First responders from the Marin side of the bridge were directed to use Alexander Drive rather than 101 because of the traffic backup. A fire/medic crew requested CHP escorts to make its way through the backup.

Only minor injuries were reported in the crash, according to the
CHP. The Tiburon woman, Julia Russell, 25, was taken to Marin General Hospital along with her passenger, Lauren Cooper, 26.

The San Francisco drivers were identified as Xing Lin, 32, and Victoria Seils, 30, the CHP said. Seils as taken to Kaiser hospital in San Francisco with a minor injury and Xing was unhurt.

Debris scattered across the bridge. From 8:42 to 9:05, all lanes in both directions were blocked so that tow trucks could remove the damaged cars and wreckage, Hohmeister said.

The SIG alert was cancelled at 9:05 a.m. and the roadway reopened, but several television stations continued to show the backup on the morning news. Officer Ross Ingels said there were several stalled vehicles in both directions that prolonged the traffic issues. The southbound stalls were moved to the highway shoulder but the northbound ones on the bridge had to be towed.

Southbound lanes started flowing at about 9:05 a.m. but northbound traffic at the toll plaza remained halted at 9:25 a.m because of the stalls, Hohmeister said. 

There were four southbound lanes open on the bridge and two northbound at the time of the crash. There was no center buffer lane.

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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J D Harris December 05, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I'll bet anything at least one of those young women was talking or texting while driving. Just sayin'. Thankfully nobody was killed. Investigators should subpoena cell phone records of the drivers. TURN OFF THE DAMNED PHONES, PEOPLE! Hands-free cell phone useage while driving is still DISTRACTED driving.
Lothrop Withington Jr. December 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
That's not only ignorant, it's also sexist. Why not just assume that "one of those young women" was putting on makeup, and that's what caused the accident? There is nothing to indicate that distracted driving caused this crash. I'll take that bet, JD.
Michael December 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Sexist? For talking about the 3 women they said were in this car? What is sexist about this comment. 3 Women were in the car. It is this person's opinion. Should he have used the word 'human' or 'creatures' or 'humanoid' instead for women. Young women and young men tend to text a great deal and Yes many do so while driving. Sexist? Par for the politically correct. It was his OPINION.
Alfred Hitchcock December 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Driving while female. A crime in itself LOL
Carol Osorio January 07, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Really Alfred? I didn't find the original comment related to young women driving while distracted offensive. Mainly because it is still an unfortunate truth, for both men and women. However, Alfie, I bet you are a real pleasure on the road! I'm sorry you find women so intimidating. Sorry about your pen*s.

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