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While hectic holiday traffic contributed to nine more accidents
than last year in the Hollister/Gilroy area, no fatal accidents
made for a successful four-day weekend, according to the California
Highway Patrol.
Hollister – While hectic holiday traffic contributed to nine more accidents than last year in the Hollister/Gilroy area, no fatal accidents made for a successful four-day weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Out of the 37 accidents in the area, 21 of them resulted in injuries – 13 more injury accidents than last year, said CHP Officer Matt Ramirez.

But driving under the influence arrests were down by one, with 17 people being nabbed for drinking and driving, Ramirez said.

“It wasn’t bad overall – no one died and that’s our primary thing,” he said. “But I saw I-5 at 6pm yesterday and it was a literal parking lot.”

Although total accidents were up from last year, Ramirez said San Benito County got off easy compared to San Joaquin County, which had 10 fatal accidents over the four days.

“At least everyone got home in one piece,” he said.

Erin Musgrave covers public safety for the Free Lance. Reach her at 637-5566, ext. 336 or [email protected]

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