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Man injured in chain-reaction crash out of surgery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The family of the man who was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries after a horrific chain-reaction crash on Interstate 805 updates News 8 on his condition.

The driver, 23-year-old Navraj Moktan, was trying to remove debris from under his vehicle early Friday morning when it was hit by a double trailer cement truck.

Navraj Moktan's family says he is now in stable condition after undergoing a seven hour surgery.

Moktan was the most seriously injured victim in a series of chain reaction collisions along northbound I-805, apparently triggered by a suspected drunk driver.

The crash, captured on camera, happened on a foggy I-805 near University Avenue early Friday morning, sending the driver of the Toyota Camry to the hospital in critical condition.

"We don't know what to say. Pretty much feeling bad for him. For everybody," said Moktan's cousin Amit Bharati.

The family of 23-year-old Navraj Moktan says he had stopped along the northbound I-805 to remove some debris lodged beneath his car.

He was underneath his vehicle, when the driver of a cement truck lost control and slammed into it, hurling Moktan's body onto the right shoulder.

"Something hit. And after that, he don't know what happened," said Bharati. 

Moktan was rushed to Scripps Mercy in Hillcrest where his family says he underwent a seven hour surgery to fix a fractured left arm, as well as a broken femur and ankle.

While the surgery was successful, Moktan, who immigrated to the U.S. from Nepal two years ago, is expected to remain in the hospital for the next several days. 

His wife and other family members will remain by his side.

CHP says the crash was triggered by a suspected drunk driver behind the wheel of a Mazda speeding southbound on I-805, when he slammed into a Caltrans sign, sending parts of it flying over the divide into the northbound lane, and striking several cars, creating other collisions.

The Mazda's driver, identified by CHP as 22-year-old Donald Clark, was later arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The cement truck driver who slammed into Moktan was not injured. He also crashed into a second car along the right lane. The 62-year-old driver suffered only minor injuries according to the CHP.

Navrak Moktan's family also says that he did not have health insurance. They are working on setting up a fund for him at a local bank to help meet his mounting medical bills.

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