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Cell Phone Use Causes Traffic Issues After Early Morning Crashes

Several near-crashes and one accident caused by people trying to film Redding morning crashes.

Posted: May. 9, 2018 7:16 PM
Updated: May. 9, 2018 7:17 PM

Redding, Calif. – Two major crashes this morning dampened several peoples morning commute in the city of Redding.

One of them involved 5 vehicles on SR-44 and another where two big rigs collided on the northbound I-5 south of Knighton
Traffic was backed up for miles in both of the crashes.

In both of the accidents, those involved only suffered minor injuries but one person was trapped in the big rig for around an hour while firefighters worked to free him.

One of the major problems of the backup today, however, was not the accidents but cell phone use.

California highway patrol officer Jason Morton also mentioned that during the course of the interview he noticed several people on the other side of the freeway stopping to take pictures.

That was an issue in the other crash as well where motorist passed by our news cameras with their cell phones out.

It this even caused another crash on the opposite side of Interstate 5 and while the incident was minor C.H.P. says it was caused by someone trying to take pictures of the accident.

At this time the cause of the two main crashes isn’t known, statistics of crashes involving distracted driving statewide are on the rise.
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Redding, Calif. – A traffic alert for Wednesday morning commuters on Interstate 5 in Redding.

The California Highway Patrol is on the scene of a multi-vehicle, rollover accident at State Road 44 and Interstate Five, causing major traffic backups and slowdowns. Emergency vehicles are on the scene.

According to the CHP incident page, a big rig tractor was crushed underneath another trailer and the driver of the big rig needed help getting out.

This is a developing story. More information as it becomes available.

Find previous info about the incidents here.

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