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Big rig driver flown to hospital after veering off I-5 in Redding

Traffic is returning to normal after a big rig veered off the road and crashed on southbound I-5 north of Redding at the O’Brien Road on-ramp.

Posted: May 12, 2021 7:49 AM
Updated: May 12, 2021 2:15 PM

UPDATE: 11:57 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - Traffic is returning to normal after a big rig veered off the road and crashed on southbound I-5 north of Redding at the O’Brien Road on-ramp.

The crash happened just before 7 a.m. initially blocking all of the southbound lanes, which have since reopened.

Firefighters had to free two people who were injured and trapped in the wreckage. The driver was flown to the hospital, according to CHP. Action News Now is working to learn the extent of the driver's injuries.

The big rig was hauling water, but hazmat crews were called out because the fuel tank ruptured and spilled a large amount of fuel on the shoulder.

Action News Now is working to learn more.

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REDDING, Calif. - A crashed-out tractor-trailer is creating a hazmat situation on I-5 south at the O'Brien Inlet Road on-ramp in Redding.  

All lanes of southbound I-5 are blocked, in the area O'Brien, according to Caltrans.

No word yet on how the accident happened. 

CAL FIRE is working to pull two injured people from that over-turned tractor trailer.

The truck was only hauling water but the engine began leaking diesel fuel onto the shoulder, CHP said.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.

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