Southbound commuter traffic was snarled early Tuesday by a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 101 at Gaviota, according to the California Highway Patrol.

As many as nine vehicles were involved in the wreck, which occurred shortly after 6 a.m between Highway 1 and the rest area, the CHP said.

There was a report of at least one minor injury, but that could not be confirmed.

Traffic in the area was backed up while emergency personnel investigated and cleared the wreckage.

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