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UPDATE: Major injuries in multi-car Lakeville Highway crash

Traffic snarled on Lakeville Highway in Sonoma County Thursday after a northbound Dodge pickup apparently swerved into an oncoming lane, causing chain reaction crashes involving about seven cars, CHP officials said.

Several people were injured including the driver of the Dodge, a 41-year-old man from Coulterville who fled the crash scene and was apprehended later, Officer Mike Phennicie said.

The man, whose name wasn't immediately available, was being treated at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for head injuries and will be arrested on an outstanding warrant, Phennicie said.

The crash began moments before noon on Lakeville Highway about a quarter mile north of Highway 37.

"It happened so fast, I saw a white truck swerving into our lane, next thing you know ... I ended up getting ripped, knocked off the road," said Byron Byers, 34, of Laytonville who was heading south to see family in Hollister.

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