Major Crash on 101 but No Injuries

Three vehicles tangle near Nave Drive in southern Novato on Thursday night.

A three-car crash on Highway 101 late Thursday resulted in debris spread over a half-mile stretch of road but no significant injuries, the Novato Fire District said Friday morning.

The crash took plate at 10:47 p.m. on southbound 101 just north of the Nave Drive overpass, Division Chief Mark Heine said. A battalion chief arrived at 10:52 p.m. and found the occupants from the involved vehicles standing in the darkened traffic lanes, posing a threat from oncoming traffic. The people were moved to a safe spot on a hillside next to the highway, Heine said.

Preliminary indications were that a sedan struck another car from behind before a van became entangled with the other two cars, Heine said. The crash scene was spread out over two lanes and a half-mile stretch of road.

CHP officer Andrew Barclay said the occupants had complaints of mild pain but did not require transportation to a hospital. He said alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Novato Fire responded with an engine, a medic unit and a battalion chief. The Marin County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and Marinwood Fire Department also responded.

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