After the crews cleared the wreckage of a 60-vehicle pileup just south of the California-Oregon border, the interstate 5 was reopened morning of Wednesday.
It was after 6:15 o’clock in the Tuesday evening when the initial crash happened just about five miles north of Yreka, the California Highway Patrol. At about five minutes after authorities initially arrived, other vehicles started crashing due to extremely icy condition on the road.
At least eight people were delivered to the hospitals while six were treated and soon released. A CHP officer told the Redding newspaper, that one person was flown to an Oregon hospital for treatment. The good news was that no fatalities have been reported in the case.
Mail Tribune reported that the rest of the uninjured drivers and passengers were delivered to the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds to be safe from the 20-degree weather. The 10 commercial and 15 passenger vehicles were towed from the scene.
A stretch of Interstate 5 in Northern California remained closed Tuesday evening after a pileup involving dozens of vehicles. The northbound lanes of the freeway opened about 5 a.m. Wednesday, officials said. The southbound lanes were not closed.
Beth Cousineau, who serves as dispatcher with the California Highway Patrol, reported that the accident started at about 6:15 o’clock in the evening on the 5 along Yreka and probably involved about 60 vehicles. It was difficult to determine how many vehicles were actually involved in the accident or how many vehicles were just backed up.
Cousineau was glad to add that there were no fatalities although some people had been transported by paramedics to area hospitals, though it was unclear how many were injured in total.
Authorities attempted to close a stretch of the southbound 5 so paramedics could reach the scene, but Cousineau said it was not successful so they looked for another way to reach the area.
She said it is unclear what caused the accident, but messages on the CHP’s Incident Information page suggested that ice and the weather played was an important factor and that large trucks may have been involved.
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