Plane hit by 3 cars after US freeway landing

A small airplane was struck by three vehicles just after it made an emergency landing on a California freeway, authorities said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the Piper PA-24 Comanche with two people on board was bound for Santa Barbara Airport Sunday when the pilot told air traffic controllers he had no fuel remaining and landed on the southbound side of US Highway 101, about one mile (1.6 kilometers) northeast of the airport. California Highway Patrol Officer James Richards said three cars were unable to avoid the plane and crashed into it. He said the occupants of the plane and the cars were unhurt. Richards said traffic briefly backed up for miles while crews shut down the freeway to remove the plane.