SAN MATEO COUNTY (BCN) — A head-on crash on Highway 1 near the Half Moon Bay Airport on Tuesday sent two people to the hospital and blocked the highway for nearly two hours, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash was reported shortly after 4:50 p.m. on Highway 1 just south of Capistrano Road, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said.

Two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crashed into each other, Van Eckhardt said.

The drivers of both cars were injured, and two medical helicopters responded to the scene, each picking up one of the victims for transport to Stanford Hospital, Van Eckhardt said.

One victim, a man in his 70s, suffered major injuries in the crash, Van Eckhardt said. He did not have information on the extent of the injuries to the second victim.

The highway was blocked while the helicopters landed and took away the victims. Cleanup crews also had to remove crash debris that was blocking the roadway, Van Eckhardt said.

The highway was reopened in both directions shortly after 6:30 p.m.

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