A Santa Monica traffic enforcement officer directs traffic at California and Ocean avenues on Thursday. The California Incline was closed to Pacific Coast Highway due to an injury car accident that closed northbound traffic on PCH. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta)

A Santa Monica traffic enforcement officer directs traffic at California and Ocean avenues on Thursday. The California Incline was closed to Pacific Coast Highway due to an injury car accident that closed northbound traffic on PCH. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta)

PCH — At least two people were rushed to a local trauma center for treatment following a major car crash on Pacific Coast Highway, forcing police to shut down a section of the heavily-traveled highway Thursday afternoon for roughly three hours.

Drivers experienced significant delays on PCH, Interstate 10 and in Downtown Santa Monica as investigators worked the scene of the crash, police said.

All I-10 traffic heading westbound was diverted to the exit at Fourth and Fifth streets in Santa Monica, all northbound lanes of PCH were closed, and one southbound lane was closed from roughly 12:20 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The accident took place around noon along the 200 block of PCH and involved several vehicles, police said. One vehicle was leaving a private beach club on PCH when it was struck by a car traveling south.

One person was listed in critical condition while another had moderate injuries. No drugs or alcohol are suspected at this time, police said.

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