An injury crash prompted Santa Monica Police to close a stretch of northbound Pacific Coast Highway Thursday, according to the city's alert system.
Northbound Pacific Coast Highway will remain closed until at least 3 p.m. between the 10 Freeway and the California Incline. Traffic on the westbound 10 Freeway traffic is being diverted to the 4th/5th St off-ramp in Santa Monica.
Two people were taken to a nearby hospital. One person is in critical condition and the other has moderate to severe injuries, according to Santa Monica Police.
The accident was reported at 12:22 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of Pacific Coast Highway when a vehicle making a right turn was struck by another car that was southbound on PCH, police said.
Sgt. Richard Lewis said drugs or alcohol are not considered a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
Traffic on Ocean Avenue is backed up to north of Montana Avenue. The onramp to the California Incline is also closed.
More details will be posted when they become available.