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Helicopter Crashes On Central California Highway

A helicopter has gone down on a busy California highway in Salinas, sending its pilot to the hospital and snarling traffic.

The California Highway Patrol says the helicopter landed upside-down onto Highway 101 shortly after 6 a.m. The crash happened near Salinas Municipal Airport.

CHP spokeswoman Officer A. Paulson says the pilot was able to walk away from the wreck but complained of pain. He’s been taken to the hospital for evaluation.

No one else was on board.

The pilot told authorities that he had been towing water, which spilled onto the road.

The helicopter remains in southbound lanes of the highway, blocking traffic as the Labor Day weekend approaches. Paulson says one southbound lane reopened around 7:45 a.m.

KESQ News Team

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