Jul 26, 2015 10:18 AM by News Staff
A wrong-way driver crashes into a SUV on northbound Interstate 5 in Tehama County, shutting down the freeway for more than two hours Sunday morning.
The fatal crash was reported at 12:53 a.m. on Interstate 5, just north of Tehama Avenue overpass.
According to the California Highway Patrol, dispatch received a 9-1-1 call reporting an alleged DUI driver heading southbound on the freeway, minutes later they received another emergency call reporting a wrong-way driver in the northbound traffic lanes from Flores Avenue in Tehama County.
Officers were responding to the area, when they got another report of a head-on crash. When officers arrived on scene, there was a Ford SUV and a BMW sedan blocking both northbound lanes, the BMW was completely engulfed in flames.
Cal Fire arrived on scene and put out the car fire, which had consumed the sedan, the female driver was pronounced dead on scene.
CHP says the Ford Expedition was traveling northbound on the fast lane when the black BMW 530 crashed head-on into the SUV.
The 74-year-old female driver of the SUV was trapped, firefighters were able to free her but she died on scene.
Four other passengers were also inside the SUV including two girls, a 10-year-old and 7-year-old. They suffered moderate to major injuries and were rushed to Mercy Medical Center in Redding and Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff.
Northbound traffic was diverted to Gyle Road off-ramp for about two hours until crews cleared the crash, which re-opened just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Tehama County Coroner’s office is working on identifying the female driver of the BMW.
The collision is being investigated by the Red Bluff California Highway Patrol.