UPDATE: Monterey man suffers major injuries after Hwy. 101 crash Wednesday morning


A Monterey man was taken to the hospital with major injuries Wednesday morning after he crashed into a semi-truck in heavy fog on Highway 101 north of Paso Robles.

The driver of the big-rig, Bobby Fortner of Idaho, was trying to make a left turn off of Wellsona Road to travel north on Highway 101 at 6:38 a.m., according to the CHP. Fortner, 66, believed the road was safe and clear, so he began crossing the southbound lanes.

Just as he was beginning to turn into the northbound lanes, the semi was hit by a 1992 pickup truck driven by Thomas Thien, 31, of Monterey. Thien had been traveling approximately 70 mph in the fast lane.

The pickup hit the left side of the semi's trailer, and then spun counter-clockwise before coming to a rest against the larger truck.

A third vehicle, a 2009 Chevy Cobalt driven by Norgerto Anaya of Salinas, could not stop in time and hit the pickup truck.

The area was foggy at the time of the crash, according to the CHP.

Thein had to be extricated by emergency workers and was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton before he was transferred to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.

Neither Fortner nor his passenger, Sandra Fornter, was injured.

Anaya, 25, and his three passengers - including a 45-year-old woman and two children, ages 14 and 8 - were also uninjured.

All involved were wearing seatbelts, according to the CHP.

-Larissa Doust

Original story:

Both southbound lanes of Highway 101 north of Paso Robles were closed for approximately 40 minutes after a crash Wednesday morning.

The slow lane was reopened at 7:21, according to the CHP.

The crash between a pickup truck and a semi-truck was reported at 6:42, according to the CHP. The big-rig was jackknifed in the lanes, and a man was pinned inside the small red pickup.

More information will be added to this report as it is available.

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