Three Hospitalized After Chain-Reaction Crash

Three cars tangled on San Marin Drive; puppy in crashed truck unhurt.

A driver who suddenly stopped when a car pulled out of a driveway in front of him was involved in a chain-reaction crash Thursday on San Marin Drive, Novato police said.

Three people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, according to Captain Chris Wikeen of the Novato Fire District.

The driver in the lead vehicle, a truck with a camper shell, was heading eastbound on San Marin Drive near Simmons Lane when another vehicle pulled out of a driveway at 8:44 a.m., Novato police Sgt. Sasha D'Amico said. The driver who braked was then hit from behind, and the second driver was hit by a third driver from behind.

The driver in the middle car, a woman in a minivan, had blood on her face from a laceration, Wikeen said. The other two drivers complained of neck and back pain.

The truck driver had a puppy in the cab, and it was unhurt, Wikeen said. It was an Australian shepherd puppy just three or four months old, he said. Novato Fire personnel put the puppy in the back of the crashed truck as his owner was taken off to the hospital, and police officers kept watch of the puppy until someone from the Marin Humane Society could swing by and take temporary custody of it.

D'Amico said none of the drivers involved in the low-speed crash were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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Craig Belfor January 18, 2013 at 04:10 PM
You just spent more time talking about the puppy than you did talking about the people.
David Randolph January 18, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Hopefully the DiGiorno driver handed out slices to all involved.
Christina January 18, 2013 at 05:28 PM
The DiGiorno truck was not even involved. The 3rd car was a white camry. John did not even show up till after the people where already gone in the ambulance. Just trying to look involved.
Christina January 18, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I added a better picture to Johns.
Brant January 18, 2013 at 07:40 PM
The puppy was an innocent victim. The others were all participants. We all follow too close.


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