Photos by Tarmo Hannula

A California Highway Patrol Officer confers with a tow operator at the scene of a solo-vehicle crash on Highway 1 in Watsonville Wednesday. 

The CHP said a male driver was traveling south on Highway 1 around noon in a Rialto recreational vehicle. As he approached Airport Boulevard, a tire blew out, causing the Rialto to swerve from the fast lane across the slow lane and crash through a guardrail before knocking over a tree and turning over on a steep hillside. 

Southbound traffic on Highway 1 is backed up near Airport Boulevard following a solo-vehicle crash around noon Wednesday.

The 69-year-old Salinas man emerged with only minor bumps and scrapes. No other vehicles were involved. Southbound traffic backed up for miles for hours.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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