Big rig crash causes closure of I-5

Crash and conditions cause road closures for almost 5 hours.

Posted: Jan. 25, 2018 5:43 PM

A jack knifed big rig and snowy conditions prompted the total closure of Interstate 5 this morning north of Redding. Some drivers waited in the rain for 3 or 4 hours on the side on the road for the roads to be opened. The cause was a U.S. mail truck driving north in Castella and that area was very snowy this morning. This truck did not have chains on at the time which could be part of the reason for the jack knife.

In total interstate 5 was closed for around 5 hours starting at 7 this morning and ending just before noon. Drivers we talked to pass the time however they could whether it be listening to music or playing games. One family said they passed the time by “sleeping... my little brother is asleep in the back... eating... listening to music, it’s basically all we can do. Some motorists had their plans ruined for the day but others didn't really mind because they were on the clock. One truck driver told us “it’s not that big of a deal... like I said I am getting paid and no one is going to get going faster than they are so I will just wait my turn”.

The roads themselves at this hour they remain open but still snowy and slick so if you’re curious about road conditions go to the news links section under our website linked here:

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