4-vehicle crash with injuries appears to be weather related, fire officials say

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District says the cause of a four-vehicle crash in Walnut Creek Thursday afternoon appears to be weather related. Five people were taken to the hospital and one patient is in critical condition. 10 passengers from a county bus had to be evaluated, officials said.

Fire officials said they were at the scene of the multi-vehicle accident at the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Road and Oakland Boulevard at shortly after 4 p.m. They warned of the wet roads and high winds associated with the latest atmospheric river

The multi-casualty incident was cleared just before 6 p.m. Fire officials said one of the vehicles involved was exiting a highway too fast for the current weather conditions. 

"Slow down and arrive alive," they wrote in a follow up social media post. 

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