A 20-year-old Concord man sustained major injuries and faces DUI charges after accident investigators say he allowed his 1999 Nissan Altima to collide with the back of a 2008 Nissan Altima on Highway 24 in Lafayette early Friday morning.
CHP spokesman John Fransen said the 3:35 a.m. crash ultimately sent three people to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and occurred on westbound Highway 24, near the Lafayette off-ramp.
Fransen said that after the initial impact, the 1999 Altima careened out of control up an embankment along the south side of the highway. The driver and right front passenger in the 2008 Altima sustained only minor injuries as a result of the collision, according to Fransen.
Additionally, Contra Costa Animal Services was contacted and responded to the scene to secure a dog that was a passenger in one of the vehicles. The dog appeared to be uninjured, Fransen said.
This traffic collision is pending further investigation.
NOTE: Officer Fransen took the opportunity to remind everyone to drive responsibly this Holiday Season and to always designate a sober driver if you plan to imbibe and take to the roadways. NEWS24/680 thanks the officer for responding to our very early request for information on this crash!