Trio of crashes snarls traffic 

Three crashes within 11 minutes brought traffic grinding to a halt Thursday morning around San Francisco during the onset of rush hour.

A three-car accident on southbound U.S. Highway 101 closed three lanes south of 23rd Street at 6:50 a.m. and left one driver in the hospital with severe injuries.

According to Public Affairs Officer Shawn Chase, that jam led to the second accident one minute later, a single-motorcycle wreck on the same stretch of highway.

"The motorcycle was apparently going a little too fast and slammed on his brakes, I don’t think he hit anything but the road," Chase said.

Ten minutes later, half of Interstate 280 locked up after a five-car accident closed all northbound lanes near Geneva Avenue.

Both highways were up and running again by 8 a.m. Thursday.

jgoldman@examiner.com

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