Victims of Hanford pileup share tales of chaotic crash scene

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Fewer than 10 victims were transported to nearby hospitals after the nearly 50 car pileup on Highway 198.
 
California Highway Patrol said many people suffered only from minor cuts and bruises. Many of the victims said they are use to the Valley fog but never expected to be part of such a large accident. 
 
“From Houston all the way to 12th Street, just nonstop wreckage,” Miguel Gonzalez, a crash victim. 
 
Gonzalez said for him it was just another Tuesday.
 
“We were just on the way, I was taking him to school,” said Gonzalez.
 
Gonzalez said he’s driven in the fog before but this time it was different. 
 
“The way the fog was I saw cars just stopping and you can already tell there was already an accident, and so we stopped and I looked in my mirror and I just saw this truck not being able to stop and he just ran into me,” said Gonzalez. “He hit me on my bumper and that’s all you see is the bumper coming down and denting the hatch.” 
 
Gonzalez said he pulled over to the side and that’s when he heard car after car colliding into one another. 
 
“My car is totaled,” said Joseph Coronado, a crash victim. 
 
Coronado said he was on his way to a job interview when he got caught in the wreckage. 
 
“It was like at least 20 cars in front of that had stopped, because I guess there was another accident in front of us so all of them stopped,” said Coronado. “Then I got in one too and right when I got out all I heard was just more crashing, like a domino effect.” 
 
Coronado said the terrifying accident was a first for him.
 
“I was just like in shock, like my mind is like running fast and my heart was like beating fast,” said Coronado.
 
A family member of a victim involved in the crash said the air bags did not deploy in her 21-year-old brother-in-law’s car. 
 
“He’s in a lot of pain, his face is pretty banged up, his nose I think is broken, and his body’s just hurting and so are his knees,” said family member of victim. “He might need surgery but we don’t know yet.”
 
Gonzalez said he’s just thankful that he and his son walked out alive. 
 
“My neck is a little sore, it hurts to move it but I’m going to be OK,” said Raymond Gonzalez, crash victim, son of Miguel Gonzalez.
 
All the victims KSEE 24 spoke with said now it’s just a matter of dealing with car insurance. 

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